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.

Oyster plant

Mertensia maritima




An attractive plant, with fleshy, succulent leaves and bell-shaped flowers that are usually purple or blue.

This plant is found only in northerly latitudes, including Scandinavia, Greenland and Iceland.


Quite extensive on shingle beaches.

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