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.


Butchers broom

Ruscus aculeatus

Type

Plants

Description

An evergreen shrub, with stiff, dark green spiked shoots and leaves. It has glossy red berries in summer and autumn.

The name comes from their rigid, spiky nature, reputedly used to scrape a butchers’ block clean.

Location

Found in the woodlands on the cliff top and surrounding valleys.

Habitat

Onland, Cliffs

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