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.


Arenaria interpres




Stocky, shortlegged character that turns over seaweeds, other debris, and sometimes stones, looking for small crustacean and insect food. They need to turn a lot to get food through the winter!

Sometimes really approachable and inquisitive, especially on remote islands uninhabited by people and predators.


Any coast in winter, a cheerful sight on a drab day.

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