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.

Grey topshell

Gibbula cinerarea


Molluscs, Shells


A thick-shelled snail, mostly mottled grey and brown, but often with a pearly looking surface towards the apex of the shell in older specimens.

Can live for well over seven years


Common around the UK


Rocky shore, Middle shore, Lower shore, Subtidal, Seabed

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