• Cetaceans and seals guide
  • seashells guide

4 for £10: Seals, shells and seabirds

Off to the seaside? This explorer bundle contains 4 FSC identification guides to take with you.

Rocky shore name trail

The FSC Rocky shore name trail features the most common limpets, mussels, periwinkles, topshells, starfish, crabs, shore fishes and other animals you are likely to see, as well as seaweeds, lichens and encrusting sponges. Simple yes/no questions guide you to the colour illustrations for each group. Text on the reverse side describes what to look for in each group.

Cetaceans and seals guide

The FSC Cetaceans and seals guide features 25 species of seals, dolphins, porpoises and whales most likely to be seen in UK waters. Look out for the side-to-side motion of the tail, which often breaks the water. A group of fast moving animals leaping from the sea surface is likely to be a group of cetaceans. Close to shore, the most common sea mammals are the bottlenose dolphin and harbour porpoise.

Seashells guide

The FSC Seashells guide features 40 common seashells found on the seashore in Britain and Ireland. Accompanying text describes how to identify each type of shell. Shells are a common sight at the seaside. Why not take this seashells guide outside with you when walking along the beach? Great places to hunt for seashells include the strandline, beaches close to river estuaries and bottom of the beach at low tide. Meanwhile a completely different set of seashells occur on a rocky shore.

Summer coastal birds guide

The FSC Summer coastal birds guide features 28 of the birds you can see around the coastline of Britain and Ireland in the summer months. The guide includes both cliff-nesting birds (like gannet and razorbill) and wading birds (such as oystercatcher and avocet) as well as all the common seagulls.