RSPB Handbook of the Seashore - review

RSPB Handbook of the Seashore

Reviewed by What To Do With The Kids

Handbook

The RSPB Handbook of the Seashore is a detailed reference book of the different kinds of wildlife you can find on the British coast.

Author Maya Plass, a Marine and Coastal Ecologist, developed her own passion for the seashore at a very young age, and she has created this book in order to help people of all ages to improve their knowledge of the seashore environment and its inhabitants.

The book is written in a traditional reference book style and a lot of the language is quite technical/scientific so it is therefore suited to either teenagers/students. Alternatively it could be used by adults together with younger children, with adults explaining the text and the children being amazed and engaged by the fascinating images which can be found on almost every page. This book will surely ignite their imaginations and create a desire to go on a beach exploration to see what they can find.

The book covers everything from how to read a tide table to The Seashore Code, how to keep a nature journal, conservation and climate change and where exactly to look to make your own wildlife discoveries at the beach. We particularly liked the 'What To Do' section, which details the 'do's and 'don't's of a number of scenarios you might experience when exploring the shore : for example, what to do if you spot a pollution incident or if you come across a jellyfish.

We were absolutely astonished by the huge range of weird and wonderful species which we found in the book. Some we were already familiar with : seaweeds, sponges, marine worms and crustaceans, but we also learned about some completely new creatures such as sea spiders and sea squirts.

We often spend time browsing the rock pools at our local beach, but since discovering this book we can now have a stab at properly identifying what we find, and this has added a new element of interest and excitement to our beach trips : and I think this shows that the author is achieving her aim to inspire families to get more out of their visits to the seaside.

The RSPB Handbook of the Seashore is available in paperback, and is relatively light : meaning you can pop it into your bag easily and make any day at the beach with your family both fun and educational.

 



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