Hunt for blennies and anemones

Release your inner kid and go rockpooling. 

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Rockpooling is just about the ultimate family-friendly nature activity. There’s nothing quite like scrambling over seaweedy rocks (while being careful not to dislodge any limpets) and peering into those seductive miniature watery worlds.

Ask the local Wildlife Trust or tourist information centre where the best beaches are – and visit at low tide so that you can reach the biggest and best rockpools. Equipment-wise, all you really need is a shrimp net and a plastic container for your finds. But a small mirror taped to the end of a stick is useful for inspecting under rock ledges, and a diving mask allows you to dip your head in the water.

Common shrimps are easily located – the real prizes are anemones, shore crabs, blennies, gobies, rocklings and starfish. Examine the seaweed and other algae, too – there are dozens of species in green, pink, red and brown.

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