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Rock Pool

by Heather Buttivant

The Real World

LoveReading View on Rock Pool

The moment I held Rock Pool for the first time, I sensed I was in for a real treat. The book (hardback) feels like an item of quality. It has a beautifully designed and illustrated front cover, a sturdy jacket, and is printed on very good quality paper. Credit must also go to Myfanwy Vernon-Hunt for the design, which is first class. 

The only remaining question, would the content match up?

Rock Pool is a personal account of a life spent exploring our coastal rocks, our beaches, and the life therein. It’s not, as I first believed, a reference or identification book. To some extent, this relieved me as I am not – or I wasn’t – a beach or rock pool enthusiast. That said, I am a diver and I share the author’s love of nature, and of life at our coastal edge. There’s little I enjoy more than donning a wet suit and air tank to then spend an hour or so in shallow waters exploring the nooks and crannies of the rocks.

So, did content match cover? Yes, very much. Heather Buttivant’s writing style is polished and engaging. With consummate ease, she leads you, her reader, into her world, shows it to you and helps you enjoy it and learn from it. Her infectious enthusiasm shines through every chapter, every page.

Rock Pool is told, with considerable originality, through the medium of twenty-four creatures likely to be seen between the tides. It made me smile, many times. 

If I had one, very small, comment, it is that a few of the many colour photographs were not high definition. That said, this in no way detracted from my overall enjoyment of Rock Pool - and the illustrations are excellent!


Heather Buttivant maintains a blog called Cornish Rock Pools. I’ve signed up to it, and I’ve every intention of attending one of her guided tours. If it’s as good as her book, it will also prove to be a great experience.


Matt Johnson

Rock Pool Synopsis

The British beach is full of creatures that we think we know - from crabs to clams, starfish to anemones. But, in fact, we barely understand how many survive or thrive. In Rock Pool the delights of childhood paddling are elevated to oceanic discoveries, as the fragile beauty and drama of intertidal existence is illustrated through the incredible lives of twenty-four individual creatures.

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Rock Pool Press Reviews

`Buttivant's passion and expertise shine from the pages of this beautiful book to reveal the secret stories of the creatures that inhabit the wonderful marine ponds which twice daily grace our shores. An excellent companion for camera and bucket.' Tony Juniper CBE, environmentalist and writer | 'Heather Buttivant writes with an eloquence that I could not achieve about the


of seashores and the excitement and passion they create. The text is authoritative and accurate - you can learn much that will fascinate, inform and will inspire you to follow in her footsteps.' Keith Hiscock, author of Exploring Britain's Hidden World: a Natural History of Seabed Habitats

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ISBN: 9781910463673
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Publisher: September Publishing
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781910463673
Publication date: 2nd May 2019
Author: Heather Buttivant
Publisher: September Publishing
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 256 pages
Genres: The Real World,

About Heather Buttivant

Previously working in the Environmental fields at Friends of the Earth and in the Civil Service, Heather moved back to Looe, Cornwall to raise her son in 2011. She is now a blogger, writer, educationalist and environmental researcher. This is her first book.

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