Seashore: A Nature Guide is a charming guide for all ages, on wildlife to spot at the seaside. Jam-packed with facts on over 200 animals and plants, this spotter’s guide is also beautifully illustrated. Learn which creatures you may see near rock pools, plus tips to look after our coastline:
- Jellyfish have no brains, hearts or blood but still have nervous systems. If you see them ashore, most are dying or dead and picking them up could sting and prolong suffering. Keep dogs away from (even dead) jellyfish, to avoid stings.
- Sea potatoes are urchins that burrow in the sand. They have beige spines and fur, with tube ‘feet!’
- Grey seals eat the weight of 2 bowling balls of fish each day!
- Seaweed (leave experts to sustainably harvest). Keep dogs away from seaweed, as it can expand in the stomach, as it dries.
- Limpets are aquatic snails that cling to rocks with cone-like shapes and strong muscular feet, just like land snails. Like chameleons, they can change the colour of their shells to match the rocks, to avoid predators.
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.