10 Places to go Rock Pooling
One of the most enjoyable things to do when you go to the beach is exploring the wonderful world of the rock pools at low tide.
You will need to check the tide times to make sure you go at the right time, they can usually be found in local newspapers or online. Try to time your visit so that you are there when the sea is at low tide so you can catch sight of the things at the bottom of the beach before the sea covers them again.
The rock pools nearest the sea, will have the most interesting things for you to look at as they are generally larger and deeper and are only cut off from the sea for a short amount of time.
There are many great beaches where you can go to for rock pooling. After many years of intensive research (well, playing on the beach whenever we can) here is our ultimate...
Top 10 Pick of the Rocks!!!
- Wembury Bay, Devon – A National Trust site which also is home to an education centre so you can learn more about the natural wonders you discover.
- Samphire Hoe, Kent – A nature reserve site created following the construction of the Euro Tunnel. Not only can you study sea life it is also home to over 200 species of birds and 30 butterflies.
- Rhosilli and Broughton Bay, Gower Peninsula - The Blue Pool has been voted Britain's best rock pool and it's easy to see why looking at this photo.
- Broad Ledge, Lyme Regis, Dorset – Situated on the famous Jurassic Coast you will probably find some fossils of pre historic creatures as well as a hermit crab on your expeditions here.
- Roome Bay, Crail, Fife – This lovely bay is on the Fife Coastal Path with many rock pooling opportunities on the shore line and also an old disused outdoor swimming pool on the beach has been transformed into a haven for wildlife to flourish.
- The Golden Sands of Morar - situated on the West coast of Scotland, the beaches at Morar with rock pools galore; shallow safe seas; and few people around, all make for a cracking time for the children.
- Newton Haven, Northumbria – One of the UK’s best kept secrets is the north east coast. A great place for not only rock pools but also seaside walks with Dunstanburgh Castle close by.
- Shoalstone Beach, Devon – Imagine a rock pool big enough to be a swimming pool? Well there’s one here, (although you shouldn’t find any crabs biting at your toes)! Plenty of the more traditional rock pools to explore too.
- Polzeath, Cornwall - A favourite beach spot of Little Trekkers Ambassadors and Enid Blyton's Famous Five alike. Must be all those secluded coves.
- Cromer, Norfolk – Famous for its Cromer crabs and sandy beaches that go on for miles and miles at low tide, this is the perfect place for rock pool enthusiasts.
What You Might Find When Rock Pooling
- Sea anemones
- Hermit crabs
- Razor clams
Rock Pooling Essential Kit
- Appropriate footwear – beach shoes or sandals that can get wet but have a grip as it is very easy to slip on rocks covered in seaweed or moss.
- Sun hat
- First aid kit
- Antihistamine cream
- Waterproofs - just in case
- A bucket and spade
- A net
- Always go with an adult.
- Be careful when touching the plants and animals as many rock pool animals may sting, bite or pinch you.
- Carefully replace all overturned stones you have looked under, leave the rock pool as you find it.
- Don’t pull seaweed off the rocks as it takes years to grow back and it is important to maintain nature habitats for the sea life within it and for others to enjoy.
- If you take any shells home make sure they are empty first, you never know what might be lurking inside!
- Tread carefully to avoid slipping on slimy, wet rocks.
- Keep an eye on the tide, always make sure you have the tide times with you.
- HAVE LOTS OF FUN!!!!
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