Species Folder

Thanet Coast - Species folder

[2020/21 - work in progress!]

This species folder provides information about some of the marine and bird life that can be found from around the Thanet Coast and has been researched and created by volunteers as an educational resource for people who would like to know more!

The Thanet Coast has numerous designations for its habitats and wildlife - all these are combined together to form the North East Kent Marine Protected Area.

A project team of volunteer Coastal Wardens researched and edited the species information shown, with images mainly taken by volunteers - and with clips taken from the filming from the virtual seashore safari project over the summer of 2020.    (Please note: the research has been taken from a wide range of sources, and we cannot guarantee the complete accuracy of the descriptions and statements within the species folders).

Each folder consists of the common & scientific name with images and teh main bullet points about teh species; the the second side shows further information  

    Species - files film clip
1 Seaweeds Bladder wrack  
2   Coral weed  
3   Irish moss  
4   Sea lettuce  
1 Porifera Breadcrumb sponge  
2   Mermaid glove sponge  
1 Cnidaria Beadlet anemone  
2   Compass jellyfish  
3   Moon jelly  
4   Stalked jellyfish  
1 Ctenophora Sea gooseberries  
1 Marine Arthropods Sea spider  
1 Crustaceans Barnacles  
4   Edible crab  
5   Hermit crab  
6   Prawn  
7   Shrimp  
8   Shore crab  
9   Shrimp  
10   Spider crab  
11   Velvet swimming crab  
1 Molluscs Blue mussel  
2   Chiton  
3   Common whelk  
4   Cuttlefish  
5   Dog whelk  
6   Edible periwinkle  
7   Flat periwinkle  
8   Grey Topshell  
9   Limpet  
10   Pacific oyster  
11   Piddock  
12   Purple Topshell  
13   Rough periwinkle  
14   Sea slug  
1 Echinoderms Common Brittle star  
2   Green sea urchin  
3   Starfish  
1 Bryozoans Hornwrack  
1 Fish Butterfish  
Common Blenny or Shanny
3   Corkwing Wrasse  
4   Five Bearded Rockling  
5   Lesser Weever Fish  
Long spined Scorpion Fish
7   Sand eels  
8   Sand Goby  
9   Small Spotted Catshark  
10   Thornback Ray  
1 Birds Black Headed Gull  
2   Cormorant  
3   Dunlin  
4   Fulmar  
Great Black Backed Gull
6   Herring Gull  
7   Knot  
8   Little Egret  
9   Oystercatcher  
10   Purple Sandpiper  
11   Rock Pipit  
12   Sanderling  
13   Turnstone  


Thanet Coast Shorelife booklet - for children

The project team have also completed a 'Childrens folder' of basic information on 20 species for the Thanet Coast. These are available to order via our email (thanet.coast@thanet.gov.uk) with an online donation of £6.00 or more (Please note that these will take approx. 3 weeks for delivery). 

1 Cover (1)

Sample Pages - Contents list;  ShannyVelvet Swimming Crab; Rockpooling Advice  


Further information:

Nature Conservation designations

Management Scheme - including SSSI information in Appendix of the Original Scheme.

Informal zone - Learning -  including 'Virtual Seashore Safaris'



The Project team: 

Thanks go to the following people for their help, contributions, support and expertise in the production of these folders: -

Bob Dean; Bryony Chapman; Brian Short; Carole Yearsley; Chris Fulcher; Christina Hubbard; Clare Thompson; Dave Jackson; George Walton; Graham Rickett; Gregg Bessant; Helen Pitman; Jacky Ruddock; Jasper Sharp; John Harbottle; Julie Perrin; Karen Ball; Ken Blight; Lester Hovenden; Mandy Jarvis; Marc Summers; Mark GowerTDC; Naomi Cornwall; Natasha Wolffe; Richard Parkin; Robin Shrubsole; Sam Bessant; Stella Young; Sheila Dutnell; Steve Tebbett; Toby Humby; Tony Child; Tony Day; Tony Sykes.