East Yorkshire's chalk cliffs make for ideal rock pooling, but some of our favourite sites to search are:

Boggle Hole, Robin Hood's Bay

North beach, Scarborough (also look out for fantastic fossils!)

North Landing, Flamborough

South Landing, Flamborough

It is crucial to rock pool on a low tide so always check tide times when planning an excursion and try to visit on the lowest tide possible, ideally on a twice montlhy neap tide, when waters are unusually low.

Where to go


To the untrained eye a rock pool might at first appear to be a lifeless puddle but gently turn over a rock, or peer beneath a bundle of sea weed and uncover fish, crabs, sea star, urchins and a whole host of other life!

The most common species will vary from site to site so try to take a guide before you go to find out more fascinating facts about each unique species!

We recommend the Seashore Safari guide book by the Marine Conservation Society which is the perfect pocket sized guide to keep with you! If you're on a budget MCS have also published an online guide which can be downloaded and printed by anybody for free!

What to look for


Unsurprisingly, rocky shores can be hazardous - wet rocks teemed with slippy sea weed can lead to slips, trips and falls among even the most nimble explorer.

Always go rock pooling with a partner (it's more fun anyway), wear sturdy foot wear, watch where you're walking and try to avoid the greener seaweed (they're the slipperiest).

Rock pooling can also be hazardous for animals. Try to avoid using nets and if picking up crabs always do so from above, holding on to the edge of their shells. Do not hold animals more than a foot above the ground in case you drop them and always return them to shelter, where you found them.

How to stay safe

& protect wildlife