This post was most recently updated on June 24th, 2018
The British coastline of home to a wide variety of wildlife, from playful dolphins to stinging jellyfish.
Here, then is our list of some of the best.
A common sight on the shores of the UK, the seal is also one of the most popular wild animals. The most numerous types are the grey seal and common seal.
The gannet is both graceful and brutal – its plunging dive to spear fish is one of the wonderful sights of British wildlife.
The most common form is the harbour porpoise, followed by the common and bottled nose dolphin.
Although not as lethal as jellyfish from hotter climates, British jellyfish can still deliver a fearful sting. Best avoided.
The most common British crab is the shore crab (pictured).
This extraordinary looking bird is one of the most distinctive on the cliffs of England.
The distinctive purple/blue shells protecting these shellfish are a common site clinging to the rocks around the UK coast.
Badly over-fished (it’s the most common fish eaten in the UK) but is now making a comeback.
A common sight on the beach as the tide goes out revealing the Oystercatcher’s main crustacean food.
10. Sea Anemones
These are animals, related to the jellyfish, and not plants as you may think.
A favourite of children and adults alike.
Like the Oystercatcher, above the sandpiper lives on food brought in by the sea. It can often be seen dodging in and out of incoming waves – like schoolchildren not trying to get their feet wet.