Rock Pooling

Summer is a great time to get outside and learn more about the environment.

Rock pooling and enjoying the ocean is a great way to spend the afternoon. This hands-on experience will introduce kids to the wide variety of sea creatures that lurk on our shores. Getting their hands wet will make an everlasting experience for them.

What you need:

  • Buckets or clear tupperware containers
  • A field guide or ID sheet
  • Sturdy footwear
  • A Camera and or pens and paper
  • An adult to help you keep an eye on the tide.

On the day:

Half fill your buckets or containers with seawater. Have more than one to keep bad tempered animals apart. Use your hands to carefully lift crabs, starfish and other sea creatures into your containers.

  • Nets can cause damage to rockpools and are best avoided.

Use a guide to identify your creatures. Take notes, sketch them or photograph them. Return the animals to where you found them and you’ve finished looking. Wash your hands before eating.

Here’s some tips to keep the rockpool safe for future generations and to leave no trace of your visit:

  • Don’t take living animals or plans with you…
  • Don’t prise limpets, anemones or seaweed from their rocky homes.
  • Be careful not to damage delicate animals.
  • Replace rocks to the same position once you’ve looked underneath.

If you would like further information on the rockpools around our coast follow the link to

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