Seashore: A Nature Guide is a charming and educational guide to the seashore, for children and adults alike. No matter where you live in England, you’re never more than 80 miles or so from the sea (people in Leicestershire and Derbyshire have farthest to go!) And our shore is teeming with nature and wildlife, so let’s get to know them! This can then instill a passion in everyone to keep our seas clean and free from plastic and other waste.
The book is beautifully illustrated and jam-packed with facts on over 200 animals, plants and more in this spotter’s guide. Discover how to become a wildlife detective, to know what creatures you may find near rock pools and there are also tips to look after our coastlines. Learn about:
- Jellyfish that have no brain, heart or blood. If you see them coming to shore, alas most are already dying or dead and picking them up (which could sting you) and returning them to sea, is likely delaying the inevitable. The kindest thing is to let nature take its course.
- An animal called a ‘sea potato‘. This is an urchin that burrows in the sand. It has beige spines and fur, with tube ‘feet!’
- Grey seals eat the weight of 2 bowling balls of fish each day!
- Seaweed (leave it to experts to sustainably harvest, to avoid harming ecosystems). Never let dogs eat seaweed (when dry, the fronds expand in the stomach, causing medical emergency).
- Limpets that cling to rocks. These are aquatic snails with a cone-like shape and a strong muscular foot, just like their land counterparts. Like chameleons, they can change the colour of their shells to match the rocks, to avoid predators.
About the Author
Catherine Brereton has written many nature books for children. Illustrator Kate McLellan grew up in northeast England, then after completing her studies in London, moved to Scotland.