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Sometimes the most extraordinary nature stories and scientific revelations lie in plain sight. So familiar that unique stories of survival are overlooked. This is an eye-opening, enchanting journey into the miniature worlds of rock pools with a new author who will change the way you view even the most ordinary creatures – from crabs to barnacles, blennies to anemones – forever.
Since childhood Heather Buttivant has been drawn to the shoreline. Pulled by the lure of transient worlds and mysterious creatures to the rock pools and tidal spaces of Britain's rocky coastlines. As an adult she left Cornwall to work in the Environmental sector, but felt marooned in the airless offices of London, and found herself yearning for the coastline again. This is the story of a women who couldn't leave the sea, turning a childhood fascination into a career and a calling. A writer and scientist who has spent decades with her hands immersed in freezing water, waiting and observing, uncovering the extraordinary secrets of the small creatures who survive in the shifting sands and draining pools between the tides. Focusing on a single creature per chapter, Buttivant uses the retreating tides as a way to take us deeper into her own story, as well as the secrets of the sea.
Previously working in the Environmental fields at Friends of the Earth and in the Civil Service, Heather Buttivant 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.