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Coastal habitats

Updated Sunday 17th June 2012

Explore our UK coastal habitats through three distinct habitats: mudflats, Bass Rock and sandy shorelines.

Around our coasts

Coastal waters teem with life and provide great places to observe marine animals and seaweeds. There’s a complex web of connections between different species.

In each of three distinct habitats, explore the links in just one of the many food chains that make up the web of marine life. Food chains are rarely simple and you may find links that you had not expected. You can even work out food chains for yourself.

Next time you visit the coast, be on the lookout for more examples. What are the seagulls feeding on? What is living in the rock pools and where does the food come from? What types of shell are washed up on the sand and can you tell from a shell what has been feeding on the animal that was inside?

Coastal habitats

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Birds, flies and seaweed: what's the connection? Creative-Commons Su_ana via Flickr under Creative Commons license What’s special about the habitat that mud provides? Creative-Commons Matt Patterson via Flickr under Creative Commons license How are links in the food chains changing? Creative-Commons Richard Webb via Wikimedia Commons Find the latest coastal observations. Learn more about wildlife, share  your interest with a friendly community and get help identifying what  you have seen. Copyright iSpot
Creative-Commons Background: Michela Mazzoli via Flickr under Creative Commons license

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