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.

Painted topshell

Calliostoma zizyphinum


Molluscs, Shells


A tall shell with stripes of purple and white, in a striking conical shape.

The body of this “snail” is as colourful as its shell, flecked with purple, red and brown.


This is a real jewel found mostly on Western coasts.


Rocky shore, Lower shore

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