Rockpools… Cornwall’s other world

Battered by waves, exposed to the sun, rockpools are tough environments to live in. And yet each one is home to a multitude of wonderful creatures. Twice a day, as the tide recedes, we get a chance to explore them, to spot the fish, shellfish, seaweeds and other lifeforms that live in between the tides.

Here are some of the more unusual inhabitants…

Cornwall's Blue Flag Beaches 2021

See which of Cornwall's eight fabulous beaches received the prestigious Blue Flag this year, the international standard for the best beaches in the world.

Follow the Marine and Coastal Code

With its lengthy coastline and cerulean seas, Cornwall is one of the UK’s top destinations for water-based activities. That goes for wildlife as much as for humans, which is why Cornwall Wildlife Trust is asking visitors to follow the Marine and Coastal Code when participating in pursuits such as coasteering, kayaking or even a simple hike on the South West Coast Path.

National Marine Week 2021

There are wonders to be found – buried in sparkling sand, under the greens, pinks and browns of weed in the rockpools, and beneath the shining ripples of our coastal waters. During The Wildlife Trusts’ summer celebration of all things coastal –National Marine Week – Cornwall Wildlife Trust is offering people of all ages the chance to join experts and volunteers as they seek out marine treasures. There’s so much to discover, from shells on the beach to dolphins and whales swimming by.

Final Straw Campaign – Pat Smith

They call her Action Nan for her tireless environmental campaigning. But for 72-year-old Pat Smith, it’s as much about the small gestures as the grand ones – saying no to a plastic straw with your drink or remembering to take a bag for life to the supermarket.

“We all need to get off our backsides and do something,” she says with characteristic firmness. “If every single one of us does one thing, it all adds up to big change.”

How to safely do a Beach Clean

The highest point on a beach the tide reaches is called the strandline. This is where the waves deposit items such a seaweed, natural debris, stranded marine life and, unfortunately, plastics.

A Collection of Cornish Coves

The dictionary states that a cove is 'a part of the coast where the land curves inwards so that the sea is partly enclosed' In Cornwall we have many, here's just a few you might like to explore.