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.

Great skua

Stercorarius skua




Bulky, brown pirate of northern seas, with a broad chest and powerful flight.

Nicknamed “bonxie”, this big fearless bird attacks any intruders near the nest, and robs food from other seabirds.


To the north of Scotland especially, but may turn up anywhere on other coasts in Autumn.

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