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.

Purple sandpiper

Calidris maritima




A rather drab, and decidedly purplish, small bird. This is the small, shy wader you are more likely to find behind you at the base of rocky cliffs, rather than amongst all the other waders at the shoreline of a sandy beach.

The male takes responsibility for much of the nest making, egg incubating and chick rearing in spring.


Most parts of UK, especially rocky coasts.


Rocky shore,

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