The beach at Trevaunance Cove provides easy access to a fabulous area of rock pools stretching as far as Trevellas Cove. This is a great place to start exploring our fascinating marine life. A quick look in some pools and under rocks should soon reveal various small fish (usually blennies), crabs, limpets and mussels plus many different sorts of seaweed. Look more carefully and you should start to find all sorts of more unusual creatures including sponges, seasquirts, whelks, topshells, prawns and anemones. The bigger pools closer to the low tide mark may reveal more surprises including surprising large fish and crabs along with squat lobsters and other unusual species like sea lemons and sea hares.
The VMCA arranges an annual rocky shore survey as well as running rockpool rambles through the year where you can learn more about the plants and creatures that live on the shore and how to find them.
We attempt to complete an annual rocky shore survey and have compiled a checklist of species to be found from this plus other professionally run surveys along with countless trips across the rocks, often accompanied by children and fishing nets. Some of the species are found around the extreme low water mark or just below and may be difficult to find whilst staying dry. Please let us know if you find anything not on the list.
This list is available to download here.