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…
A tale of two coasts. That’s how Charles Dickens might describe Cornwall. To the north, the mighty Atlantic: mad, bad and dangerous to know, but somehow thrilling and impossible to ignore. To the south, its more courteous cousin: the English Channel (or just “The Channel” here), less hot-headed and more genteel of manner, albeit with hidden depths. Think Ross Poldark contrasted with Nigel Havers.
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.
When the coronavirus pandemic hit in March 2020, the landlocked among us felt keenly the sudden loss of access to the sea during the hardest days of the deepest lockdown. Cornwall has over 300 miles of coastline, much of it wild and uninhabited by humans, which makes it all the more appealing. When the chips are down – and even when they’re not – we head north, south or west for a breath of fresh sea air and a beach.
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.