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.

Common lizard

Zootoca vivipara




A small, busy lizard, brown with narrow stripes, usually well camouflaged in sandy and leafy backgrounds.

Although tricky to spot, they usually favour the same spot to sunbathe time and again.


Anywhere around UK coasts, especially in “suntraps” amongst cliffs and dunes.

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