Beach Hunt Trail

Pebbly shores, sandy bays, interesting shells and rock pools are the order of the day at our Beach Hunts sites. Organisations such as Heart of Argyll Wildlife offer sessions to help you identify the things that can be found on the beach and learn more about their place in our ecosystem.

Our shores are some of the best places to get close to wildlife; whether anemones in rock pools, limpets on rocks or crabs scuttling along the sandy bottom. It’s best to observe these wonderful species in their natural habitats. If you pick anything up, please return them quickly to the spot that you found them in.

All you need to know to beach hunt safely

Coastal habitats can be fragile and are easily damaged. When exploring Argyll’s beaches please consider your potential impact on the environment and respect local guidance. It is against the law to remove pebbles and sand from beaches in the UK. Whilst it is not unlawful to remove shells and driftwood, these can provide habitats for many sea creatures, so it's best to leave them behind. Please pick up after your dogs, and please don’t allow them to harass any wildlife.  While it might be fun for them to chase flocks of birds up and down the beach, this is actually making the birds use up stores of energy they need to search for food and raise their young. As well as taking your own litter home, why not help our environment by picking up and responsibly disposing of any other litter you find on the beach?

Before travelling to the beach, check the weather and tide times. Tides can rise quickly and in unexpected ways. Be aware of rising water and make your way up the beach to avoid getting cut off.

Know the Scottish Outdoor Access Code before you go. Please follow any local guidance aimed at reducing dune or machair erosion or avoiding disturbance of nesting birds. 

Immerse yourself in the experience

Have fun and enjoy using all of your senses to appreciate these amazing spaces. Taste the salt in the air, look closely at the patterns on a shell, smell some seaweed, close your eyes and enjoy the sound of shingle crunching under your feet, the sound of the waves or seabirds, and the feel of the wind on your face or sand between your toes!

Looking to learn more about our shores, habitats and species found there?

Take a look at the directory below for businesses and organisations who will be happy to help!


Spending some time at the beach? Make a day of it by visiting one of our exceptional Sunset sites.

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