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.

Native oyster

Ostrea edulis


Molluscs, Shells


Shells rather scaly in appearance, chalky in colour. The two “halves” of the shells are quite different in shape.

In large numbers, oysters can help with keeping local water quality high, filtering out floating debris from the water above them.


On the seabed, sometimes in very shallow water. More common in South and West UK, and introduced “pacific oysters” are much more common in some places.



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