Nets at the ready for a fishy find

Rock Pooling at Boggle Hole
Rock Pooling at Boggle Hole

Children in Scarborough are being invited to grab their buckets and nets and see what creatures they can find in the rock pools at Boggle Hole.

National Trust Rangers are offering a hands-on seaside safari at Boggle Hole near Robin Hood’s Bay this Sunday, August 19 from 11am to 1pm.

For children and grown ups alike who have challenged themselves to complete the National Trust’s list of ’50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾‘ over the summer, the Trust says this event is a “great chance” to tick off number 8 ‘Catch a fish with a net’, number 37 ‘Check out the crazy creatures in a rock pool’ and number 39 ‘Catch a crab’.

Kate Horne, engagement officer at the National Trust said: “The North Yorkshire coast offers a surprising array of fascinating wildlife to be found between the tides.

“A good rock pool rummage ‘catch’ is likely to include several species of crab from the feisty velvet swimming crab to tiny hermit crabs carrying their adopted shell homes on their backs, fish e.g. blenny, goby, or slippery butterfish, shrimp, prawns, beautiful beadlet anemones - best left at home on their rocks, not put in a bucket please.

“The luckiest rock poolers might even find a starfish or sea urchin.”

This Sunday, budding marine biologists of all ages can attempt to spot the most unusual coastal creature of the day and challenge National Trust Rangers to identify it.

To book call (01947) 885900. Meet at Boggle Hole car park, Fylingthorpe, Whitby YO22 4UQ. Wellies or old shoes recommended, rock pooling gear provided if required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Dogs on leads are welcome.