Rock Pool

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Wild At Home - He­len Scales Ma­rine bi­ol­o­gist

BY HEATHER BUTTIVANT, SEPTEM­BER PUB­LISH­ING, £14.99

In th­ese tur­bu­lent times, 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. Noth­ing beats the feel­ing of lift­ing up a rock and find­ing a smat­ter­ing of star-shaped sea squirts or a her­mit crab peep­ing from its bor­rowed shell. For rock-pool new­com­ers and afi­ciona­dos alike, there is some­thing for ev­ery­one in this thought­ful, en­light­en­ing and en­ter­tain­ing read. Buttivant weaves lyri­cal sto­ries of her in­ter­tidal en­coun­ters – from baby pipefish to a full-grown shark – to­gether with fas­ci­nat­ing eco­log­i­cal de­tails and ex­pert ad­vice on how to search for hid­den won­ders be­tween the tides.

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