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.

Sea beech

Delesseria sanguinea




A red seaweed with flattened fronds that usually grows on rocky seabeds, but is also very commonly attached to other, larger seaweeds such as kelp.

Can tolerate surprisingly low light levels, in shady places and at greater depths than many other seaweeds.


All around the UK, but less common off sandy Eastern coasts


Rocky shore, Lower shore, Subtidal, Seabed

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