Marine discoveries

RockpoolingCrab © Adam McCormack

Rockpooling is great fun for all ages - at low tide discover a treasure trove of amazing marine wildlife which, for the majority of time, is hidden from view

WHAT WILL I SEE?

Creatures such as shanny fish, shore crabs, beadlet anemone, common starfish and limpets, as well as bladderwrack, kelp and a variety of seaweeds.

Take a look at the North Sea Wildlife website to find out more about the wildlife you might find along Yorkshire's coastline.

PROBABILITY OF SIGHTINGS

Gauranteed! You can go rockpooling all year round and, providing you go at low tide, you will find a wealth of marine wildlife in the pools and under the seaweed.

WHEN SHOULD I GO?

Best months: JUNE, JULY, AUGUST

You can go rockpooling all year round, but most people prefer the summer months. 

WHERE SHOULD I GO?

The Yorkshire coast is fabulous for rockpooling. The open shore at South Landing is great for fish, snails and crabs. Yorkshire Wildlife Trust runs Seashore Safaris for families at South Landing, whilst adults can join in with the Trust's monthly Shoresearch surveys. Other great places to rockpool include Filey Brigg, Scarborough and Boggle Hole near Robin Hood's Bay.

WHAT ELSE CAN I SEE AND DO WHILST I'M THERE?

If you're heading to Flamborough between mid-March and mid-July, be sure not to miss the seabird spectacle - YWT Flamborough Cliffs is just a 5 minute drive from South Landing, whilst RSPB Bempton Cliffs just a 10 minute drive.

You don't have to have sea legs to watch seabirds (a unique feature for seabird watching in Yorkshire), but you are in for a treat if you head out on a boat trip. There are a few different options for those looking for a different perspective on our nesting seabirds - take a look here.