An entrancing book of exploration, marine life and natural wonders.
‘Wherever I go, I seek out beaches. They are woven through my life; a changing constant in a constantly changing world. Every walk through the rock pools, from the tideline to the low water mark, takes me on a journey into the sea and challenges my understanding of my world and of myself.’
The British beach is full of creatures that we think we know – from crabs to clams, starfish to anemones. But, in fact, we barely understand how many survive or thrive. In Rock Pool the delights of childhood paddling are elevated to oceanic discoveries, as the fragile beauty and drama of intertidal existence is illustrated through the incredible lives of twenty-four individual creatures.
The eye-opening account of a life-long passion by a talented writer and naturalist.
‘Here are three simple steps to help you feel better about the world: read Heather Buttivant’s marvellous book, grab a pair of wellies and get yourself to a rocky shore … [a] thoughtful, enlightening and entertaining read.’
BBC Wildlife Magazine
‘An utterly joyous book, a celebration of our incomparable 11,000 miles of British coastline … an eye-opening delight from start to finish.’
‘A book of wonder and curiosity that shines a light into the strange, fascinating and sometimes gruesome world of the rock pool.’
Christopher Nicholson, author of Among the Summer Snows and The Elephant Keeper
‘Buttivant’s passion and expertise shine from the pages of this beautiful book.’
Tony Juniper CBE, environmentalist and writer