The British Marine Life Study Society is dedicated to the publication of information about marine wildlife and the sea, including the intertidal zone, or seashore.
A rocky shore is the most interesting area to explore for the seashore
naturalist or 'rockpooler'. It is rich
in both the number and diversity of species with examples of life from
all the major phyla (major evolutionary groups). For most of the length
of the coast of the British Isles, it is only between spring and autumn
that it is worth exploring the intertidal zone. Except, for the extreme
south-western shores, the winter fauna is exiguous. This is because the
cold weather has compelled the mobile rock pool fish and crabs to move
offshore into deeper warmer water.
Photograph by David Wood (Shoreham Beach)
In the United Kingdom, collection of flowering plants is forbidden
under the Wildlife and Countryside Acts.
Rockpooling Event at the Old Fort organised by the Friends of Shoreham Beach (FOSB)
Over 150 rockpoolers descended down on to the safe beach at Old Fort, Shoreham Beach at low tide and they were able to forage in the pools for over two hours. The critters of the seashore never had a chance to escape the flimsy nets and probing fingers of the youngsters. Fish fry swam in the shallow pools, notably scores of the young of the Two-spotted Goby, Gobiusculus flavescens. Many of the captures were decamped to temporary aquariums further of the beach and returned to the pools before the incoming tide.
Marine Life Study Society (England) Home Page
includes links to BMLSS (Facebook) and the Shorewatch Project
Adur Valley Nature Notes
Beachcoming (along the Strandline)
British Marine Life Study Society (Scotland)
British Marine Life Study Society News Page
EMail for Reports of Marine Life
Flowering Plants of the Shingle at Shoreham-by-Sea
Flintman on Flint (Link)
Friends of the Earth SSSI Navigator
Kimmeridge Bay, Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve, Dorset
Lyme Regis Marine Wildlife Area
Orford Ness: Coastal Ecology of a Shingle Bank (excellent references)
Rockpooling (exploring the tidal pools)
Slide Show: The Seashore
Sussex Wildlife Web Sites
World Oceans Day