The Thanet coast’s wildlife treasures!

This website covers information about the important habitats, marine and bird life around the North East Kent coast. This relates to the management of a number of nature conservation designations – known as the North East Kent Marine Protected Area (NEKMPA) These sites are amongst some of the best wildlife sites in Europe – and include the longest continuous stretch of coastal chalk habitat in the country.

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About the Thanet Coast Project

The Thanet Coast Project works with local people to help safeguard the wildlife and the coastlines’ unique features, and is now reliant upon 100% donations and grants – from public contributions to local businesses. Please help support local coastal and marine conservation wildlife with any donations to help our coastal and marine conservation activities. If you would like to sponsor a project please do get in touch.

Quick links

Here’s short-cuts to some of our main pages. You can also use the menu bar (top right hand corner) to navigate the various pages.

Thanet Coast Project

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Join an Event on the coast in 2024

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Follow the Thanet Coastal Codes

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Volunteering on the Thanet Coast

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NEKMPA Management Scheme (Thanet Coast)

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Find out more about how you can help Turnstones around our coast

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Useful Information

Staying safe on the coast

Health: We would like you to be vigilant and safe on our coast: here’s the latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) information; local and national Bird Flu advice; and bathing water quality classifications / results for you to take into account.

Order: Thanet ‘Beaches and Coast Public Space Protection Order’ (PSPO) replaced the former coastal bylaws in 2021 and is supported by the Beach & Coast PSPO code of conduct. Beach & Coast Code of Conduct Beach Leaflet (PDF, 7.1MB) ; & Coast PSPO Sign.

Codes: You can help reduce your impact on the coast by following the voluntary Thanet Coastal Codes for different recreational activities.

Events & Activities on the Thanet coast

Public events:  Look at WHAT’S ON

Competition: East Kent Coast Photographic Competition = Exhibitions

Self guidance: Scavenger & Eggcase Huntsee in learning zone

Advice: Advice for Rockpooling Responsibly

Online: ‘Virtual Seashore Safaris‘ (Series of 5 short videos)

Leaflet / Guidance: Rockpooling Fun (PDF Booklet) to help you explore our coast

Notifications & Advice

Notify: Planning a School or Group Excursion or Beach Clean – to the Thanet Coast – and notification scheme for landowner permission, advice on trips and view the free on-line educational resources (& toolkits for four of our local bays)

Notify: Metal Detecting Notification on the Thanet Coast

Advice:  Shellfish research/harvesting/collecting/reporting (Thanet Coast)

Advice: Dog walking on the Thanet coast

How you can help

Online Donations!  If you are able to help with a donation – then please do help to support the Thanet Coast Project work & volunteers.

Volunteering as a Coastal Warden/Guardian (NE Kent) from Seasalter and Whitstable to Sandwich Bay. You can register and receive free introductory training to help ‘look after your local bay or stretch of coastline’.

Beach Cleans on the Thanet Coasthow to submit an online notification for permission, and organise a beach clean – or find a group in your area.

Follow the Thanet Coastal Codes to help safeguard coastal marine and bird life whilst enjoying the coast.

Thanet Coast Project events & volunteers

Surf the North East Kent Coast

The Thanet Coast Project gratefully acknowledges public donations, and donations from Haeckels of Margate in 2020/21, and Southern Water in 2022 and 2023 – to ensure that we can continue our remit and work.