This marvellous site is a source of general information on all aspects of seaweeds.
The Seaweed Site

The Society, founded in 1952, was one of the first to be established in the world, and is the largest in Europe. In 2012 the Society celebrated its 60th anniversary with a special one-day meeting in London's Natural History Museum on September 12th. The British Phycological Society publishes the European Journal of Phycology, and organises an Annual Meeting each year at locations throughout Britain and Ireland. It provides funding for students and others to attend meetings and field courses and organises and funds annual field courses. This website provides a summary of the Society's activities and events. Membership of the British Phycological Society is open to everybody.
British Phycological Society

cape cornwall studio
Cape Cornwall Studio is near St Just, in West Cornwall. It shows the silver seashell jewellery and seascape photography of Niki Green. Her work in both areas is strongly sea inspired.
Niki collects seashells from beautiful nearby beaches like Sennen Cove and Porthcurno and creates a range of solid sterling silver seashells and beach find jewellery.
Niki's unique seascape photographs have been shown in many galleries and venues (including the Eden Project and the National Maritime Museum, Cornwall).
Her focus is on the elements of the coastal landscape - rock, light and water.

From mackerel shoal to the tiny new buds of seaweed clinging to the rocks I find myself increasingly absorbed in the hidden gems and treasures of our coastline glimpsed as the tide ebbs and flows. Capturing this inspiration in sketches, colour swatches, photography and simply standing still on the cove is just the delicious beginning of the creative process I love so much. I then come back to the studio to create inked collage papers, arrange foils, transfer images to fabric, expose beach finds using sun photography and spend hours over the detailed machine embroidery to turn out pieces like those you see details of on my web pages

To enquire about purchases please contact me direct and I will send you photographs of what I have recently created or what is around the corner. We can discuss commissions and prices. This personal approach works better for my original pieces of art and varied prints than an online shop.

Jo Polock

Recommended Books

Seaweeds - A colour identification guide to seaweeds of the World.

By Wolfram Braune & Michael Guiry. In English; it was first published in German. A treasure of a book with over 1000 photo illustrations of marine algae. Even if you know little about seaweeds or plants, the colour photographs in this book will allow you to make an identification. Many marine algae reference books are difficult for the beginner; this book is a pleasure and delight for all levels of expertise.
Seasearch Guide to Seaweeds of Britain and Ireland

Frances Bunker, Juliet Brodie, Christine Maggs and Anne Bunker Marine Conservation Society

British and Irish shallow seas contain an astonishing 7% of the world's seaweed species, around 700 different seaweeds, and yet most divers, snorkellers and rockpoolers can put names to only a handful of them. This guide aims to de-mystify seaweed identification for the non-specialist. It includes over 200 seaweeds, all of which can be identified in the field, sometimes with the aid of a hand lens. Includes scientific and common names for each species and seaweed group, as well as information on life cycles and collecting
Seasearch Guide to Seaweeds

Two poems that we appreciate:

God's Grandeur


The world is charged with the grandeur of God.
It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;
It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil
Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?
Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;
And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;
And wears man's smudge and shares man's smell: the soil
Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.

And for all this, nature is never spent;
There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;
And though the last lights off the black West went
Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs
Because the Holy Ghost over the bent
World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.

Source: Gerard Manley Hopkins: Poems and Prose (Penguin Classics, 1985)

To the Oak Leaved Delesseria

by J.Mackness, M.D. Hastings.

Tell me, thou child of ocean,
With thy ensanguined fronds,
Nursed by the wave's commotion,
And fixed by rooted bonds:

Why is such beauty lavish'd
In caves of ocean dark,
From human vision banish'd
Such texture fair to mark?

Say, do the sea-nymphs find thee,
Thy roseate leaves unfold,
And round their tresses bind thee,
As oaken wreaths of old?

Like roses here on earth
Do they thy beauty prize,
As flowers of Heavenly birth,
Emblems of brighter skies?

Short sighted mortal, shame thee!
Don't think that beauty gleam
Where man alone must see it,
Or where he useful deems?

No brilliant hues are needed
To deck the sea-nymphs hair,
But beauty springs unheeded
Throughout creation fair.

Our God is love abounding
Has thus his mind display'd,
With beauty all surrounding
The Creatures he has made.