UK Seas

Discover the wonderful sea creatures that inhabit the UK seas and shores

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UK seas is a guide to the fauna and flora found around UK coasts. While the majority of species are marine, some species are included that are regularly encountered on land by the coast, so you’ll find descriptions of non-marine species such as reptiles, amphibians, insects and plants as well.

Arctic tern

Sterna paradisaea




Graceful, swallow-like seabird, with a bright red bill and black cap. It dives rapidly from the air to pluck small fish from near the surface.

The ultimate long distance flyer, migrates between our shores and the Antarctic each year.


Most coasts, also migrates across land in spring and autumn.


Open ocean, Mudflats, Sandy beaches, Onland

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