The shore around Loch Scavaig is dotted with rock pools that hold an amazing assortment of living organisms. See what you can turn up on your own a seashore safari!
What you can do
- The seashore is the interdidal area between high water mark and low water and is a habitat rich in marine organisms many of which are readily catchable.
- Catch crabs in deeper water.
Where to do it
- Rock pools uncovered at low tide are home to a wide variety of organisms.
- Lifting stones on the shore between the tides can reveal many inhabitants.
- Where fresh water meets the sea often produces good finds.
- The better locations in the vicinity of the cottage are marked on map in the activity room.
What we provide
- Pond nets for rock pooling
- Crab lines (no hook type)
- Drop net for crabbing
- Buckets and containers for specimens
- ID books and guides
Advice about the activity
- Gather some small shellfish for crab bait – winkles and limpets work well.
- Follow the falling tide down but take care on slippery, weed covered rocks.
- Spring tides, which occur just after a full moon, produce very low tides and are especially good for this activity.
Things to consider
- Jetties and piers are great for crab lining but the water can be very deep.
- Even small crabs can give a very painful nip.
- Jellyfish are amazing to look at but can give a painful sting.
- Return all organisms alive to the water once you have identified them.