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Discover the wonders of rockpooling, an activity suitable for all ages. Summer is the perfect time to explore the rich marine life along the British coastline. Leaning over rocky shore pools reveals a hidden world of fascinating creatures.


Explore Falmouth's breathtaking rocky shores and witness the array of species that call it home. From colourful sea anemones to intricate cushion stars, our shores offer a captivating glimpse into the diverse marine life thriving along the Cornish coast. Join us on this exciting adventure and uncover the hidden treasures revealed by the ebbing tide.

At low tides, rock pools unveil a diverse range of inhabitants, with spring tides providing the optimal opportunity. Be cautious of tide changes to avoid getting caught!

Though serene to observers, Falmouth's rocky shores offer an unparalleled experience. Our shores, including Gyllyngvase Beach, Castle Beach, and Swanpool Beach, boast an extraordinary biodiversity. From vibrant anemones to elusive velvet swimming crabs, these shores are a haven for marine life enthusiasts.

In Falmouth, our biodiverse rock shores host captivating rockpooling experiences. Join our events throughout the year to explore and learn about the creatures calling these shores home.


Night Time Rockpooling Sessions

Experience the magic of night-time rockpooling during spring and autumn. Nocturnal marine species, like crabs roam around our shores, and anemones come to life under UV light, offering an unforgettable experience.

Equipped with high-vis jackets and UV torches, our guided night tours unveil the shore's vibrant nocturnal activity. Witness marine species glowing in the dark, from snakelock anemones to fascinating underwater phenomena.


Guidelines for Rockpooling:

Equipment Needed:

  • ID guide (pocket or website)

  • Clear bucket or Tupperware

  • Clear jar for closer examination

  • Appropriate clothing and sturdy footwear

Planning Your Trip:

  • Choose a beach with sheltered rocky shores.

  • Check tide times for optimal pool exposure.

  • Approach pools quietly to avoid startling inhabitants.

  • Observe surroundings carefully, turning over stones to reveal hidden life.

  • Use a bucket to examine organisms, transferring them to a jar for closer study.

  • Record and identify your finds, returning them carefully to the pool.

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