Seashore of Britain and Europe

seashore of britain and europe book cover

Title: Seashore of Britain and Europe

Published by Collins Nature Guides

Text by Ken Preston-mafham

Photography by Premaphotos Wildlife

Pages: 256, 240 of which are species

ISBN 978-0-00-781018-5

Using Seashore of Britain

This was my first identification book. I still use it to this day when rock-pooling because it is easy to carry and it includes many of the species I hope to discover one day.

Book review

After the brief introduction each species has its own page.

  • the common name and the scientific name
  • a colour photo
  • the months when most commonly found
  • an introduction to the species and
  • a factfile

The factfile includes an idea of the size, a description, the main habitat and any lookalikes.

Although this is not an academic book it does take the reader beyond the most common species and allow for the identication of some unusual rock-pooldiscoveries. For instance, we did not know about Pipefish until checking a find in Seashore. Since then we have found other species not listed.

This book has allowed me to grow in confidence identifying different species, particularly crabs and starfish. I now have other more specific books but I tend to leave those at home and only check when there is something new and strange.

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