Rockpooling at South Milton Sands

Children explore a rock pool in warm weather

Check the tide times and discover an amazing, underwater world as the sea goes out. The pools here are teeming with life such as limpets, sea anemones, crabs and starfish, see what you can find hiding among the rocks.

If you get to the beach just before low tide and spend a few hours searching the pools and rocks of South Milton Sands, you are likely to find many limpets, anemones, shore crabs, pipe fish, sea scorpions, spiny star fish, Cornish sucker fish and edible crabs.

To help identify creatures hiding under the rocks at South Milton Sands, you can find the Wembury Marine Centre rockpooling guide (PDF / 0.7568359375MB) download here, perfect for exploring the rockpools.

The Seashore Code

Remember to follow the seashore code and help keep South Milton Sands a special place for you and for the wildlife that makes a home here.

Handle me with care: Poking or squeezing soft-bodied animals like sea anemones can harm them.

Buckets: Keep one animal at a time in your bucket and not for too long –sea creatures get stressed too!

No nets: Use a bucket and your hands to catch rockpool creatures rather than a net. Nets can rip seaweed off the rocks and animals like crabs can lose their legs and claws if they get tangled up in the net.

Don’t make me homeless: Only collect empty shells.

Put me back: Always replace animals, rocks and seaweed as you found them.

Hey! I’m down here! Watch where you walk – you can easily dislodge or crush small sea creatures.

I don’t like litter: Take your rubbish home – litter is a killer.

Look after yourself: South Milton Sands is a wonderful place but be careful – the rocks can be slippery and the tides change quickly.