Where? – 3 – Sea Areas

Last week we discovered the location of the 16 longest rivers in the British Isles.  The indentations in the coastline can help us to locate the rivers and many sea areas close to the coast have their own names too.

Print out a blank outline map.  You can use the one below.

The best way to learn where things are is to put them on a map, but if I just give you a completed map, that won’t help much, so grab a blank map and a pencil, find somebody for a bit of competition, and let’s see what you know already.

We are going to name the areas of sea on the map, starting with the names that cover large areas and then moving to smaller specific locations close to the coast.

Here are the large areas:

  • Atlantic Ocean
  • Irish Sea
  • North Sea
  • English Channel

Now the small areas close to the coastline. You won’t have space to write the names in most cases so just use the numbers.

  1. North Channel
  2. St George’s Channel
  3. Cardigan Bay
  4. Morecombe Bay
  5. Solway Firth
  6. Menai Strait
  7. The Solent
  8. Strait of Dover
  9. Bristol Channel
  10. The Wash
  11. North Minch
  12. Sea of the Hebrides
  13. Pentland Firth
  14. Firth of Forth
  15. Donegal Bay
  16. Galway Bay
  17. Dingle Bay

When you are ready, scroll down past my pictures to find the answers. The picture captions may give you some clues!

Aberystwyth overlooks Cardigan Bay
The island of Ailsa Craig seen from the North Channel
Snowdonia can be seen across the Menai Strait
The English Channel from the Dorset coast
The North Sea looking towards Doggerland
Dingle Bay, Ireland
The Atlantic Ocean from Connemara, Ireland
St George’s Channel from south-east Ireland
The Irish Sea from the Isle of Man

And here are the answers.  Why not add at least some of the sea areas to your rivers map from last week.