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Rock Pool by Heather Buttivant

Rock Pool

Extraordinary Encounters Between the Tides: A Life-long Obsession told in Twenty Creatures

Heather Buttivant

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Category: Non-fiction
Imprint: September Publishing
Publisher: September Publishing
Publication date: 2 May 2019
ISBN: 9781910463673

Rock Pool is an entrancing book of exploration, marine life and natural wonders - the eye-opening account of a life-long passion by a talented writer and naturalist.

5 stars out of 5
30 May 2019

"an eye-opening delight from start to finish"

Heather Buttivant deservedly won the BBC Wildlife Blog of the Year Award in 2017 for her delightful cornishrockpools.com, a beautifully designed website and guide to all that is best around Cornwall’s magnificent, teeming coast. Now she has written a book to explain her passion — or her addiction, as she happily calls it — further. Since her childhood she’s been captivated by the strange, hidden life of our rockpools but, unlike so many of us growing into adulthood and responsibility and sheer busyness, she has remained devoted to her hobby while still following a career (civil servant, environmentalist) and raising a family. It’s a fabulous testament to the power of retaining a sense of childlike wonder and curiosity about the world... The book introduces us to 24 of her favourite creatures, arranged by upper, middle and lower intertidal zones, so you could use the book as a handy on-site guide... The author cannot avoid touching on the damage done to our environment with plastics, pollutants and overfishing, reminding us that we have barely begun to make the changes needed to pass on a decent and habitable world to future generations... But this remains at heart an utterly joyous book, a celebration of our incomparable 11,000 miles of British coastline.