Bait Digging & Collecting Code

  • Always carefully replace stones or seaweed when collecting crabs, to avoid damaging other sheltering animals
  • Support a voluntary ban on 'rockworm' collecting and avoid using any methods that damage the chalk reef
  • Take care to avoid putting roosting or feeding wintering birds to flight especially towards high tide or at night
  • Back-fill any holes that you dig to restore the seashore and make it safe for other users - unless the tide is about to do this for you!
  • Take care to avoid disturbance to archaeological sites within St Mildred's and Minnis Bay
  • Keep away from areas that may cause a danger with other priority users, such as designated launch sites or moorings areas
  • Avoid using large bore bait pumps close to the shoreline
  • Take re-usable buckets or containers for collecting
  • Avoid collecting (or using) rare or unusual bait such as pipefish or lumpfish

'Sandwich & Pegwell Bay National Nature Reserve'

Local Agreement

In addition to this code, a workshop between local bait diggers and conservation representatives produced a local voluntary agreement to help reduce the impact of this activity on the important bird life within the National Nature Reserve'

Pegwell Bay Bait & Bird Agreement

Thanet Coast (NEKMPA)

c/o Thanet District Council,

PO Box 9, Cecil Street, Margate, Kent CT9 1XZ
United Kingdom



Tony Child

Thanet Coast (NE Kent Marine Protected Area) Officer

Telephone: +44 (0) 1843 577672

(based in Manston Road Depot)