Discover creatures in the rockpools

Childern discovering a crab in a rockpool

One of the best places in the country for a spot of rockpooling, the rock pools here are teeming with life such as limpets, sea anemones, crabs and starfish.

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

Wembury is one of the best spots in the UK for rockpooling, and you don't need to sign up for one of our events to become a young explorer. Nor do you need the sunniest day of the year. As long as you have a good pair of wellies and a raincoat, there's no reason you can't explore the coast during wetter weather.

You can find the Wembury Marine Centre rockpooling guide (PDF / 0.8MB) download here, perfect for exploring the rockpools on your own.

If you'd prefer to go out with a guide, who can tell you what all the creatures lurking in the deep are, why not take part in an organised rockpool ramble, run on a regular basis by the National Trust and the Marine Centre? For school visits call 01752 862538.

You can see the tide times for Wembury here, helpful for organising the best time of day for a visit.

The Seashore Code

Remember to follow the seashore code and help keep Wembury 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: Wembury is a wonderful place but be careful – the rocks can be slippery, the cliffs are high and the tides change quickly.