1. Southerness, Dumfries & Galloway
Tiny shells are a speciality of this sandy stretch of the Solway Firth, easily accessible from the RSPB Mersehead reserve.
2. Runswick Bay, North Yorkshire
Excellent fossil hunting helped this site near Whitby win the Marine Conservation Society’s ‘Best Beach for Beachcombing in England’ award in 2007.
3. Barafundle Bay, Pembrokeshire
One of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park’s superb spots for beachcombing. Sand dunes and pines line its landward side.
4. Herne Bay, Kent
Fossilised shark’s teeth mingle with shingle on a popular pebbly town beach. Here you can share ice creams with natural history.
5. Woolacombe, North Devon
Barricane Beach is famous for cowries and other warm-water shells from the Caribbean, brought here on big tides.
6. Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall
An intricate landscape of caves, coves, and sand and pebble beaches. Marine life can drift on the Gulf Stream from the Caribbean to land up here.