We’ve already covered the best places to take the children rockpooling in Devon but if you want to unwind a crabbing line and have a go at seeing what clawed wildlife you can find at the coast, here are the best places to visit.
The Jurassic Coast is always a good place to start when looking for small sea creatures, so make Seaton Hole Beach your first port of call. When the tide is out there are loads of rock pools where you can find crabs and more.
Babbacombe is a popular spot for divers and fishers because of the wide range of sealife that can be found there. Cuttlefish are found in the spring months as well as several varieties of crab. Because of the secluded nature of Babbacombe’s harbour, you’ll also get the chance to see grey seals too!
Head to the charming town of Kingsbridge and set yourself up in the marina with your crabbing line and see what you can catch. The estuary has also been known to have dolphins, seals and basking sharks visit it during the warmer months.
Wembury in South Devon is one of the best places to see marine animals, the coastline is part of a Marine Conservation Area and a Special Area of Conservation, so it’s well protected and we wouldn’t recommend you catch crabs to take home, but if you have a crab line and want to do some examination before returning them to the water, it is a good spot. The Marine Centre also has interactive displays and the staff are very knowledgeable when it comes to the smaller creatures that can be found in the area.
The waters around the island are protected so anyone wanting to do diving or fishing will need permission beforehand, but for anyone who wants to take a look at the crabs and other small creatures that live in rock pools, it is a great place to go. There are almost 200 seals that call the island home as well as puffins, so wildlife fans will love visiting. Plus it has been known to attract exotic creatures like leatherback turtles. It is also a haven for those interested in coral because there are loads of different varieties that can be found there.