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 & 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’

In addition to this code, a workshop between local bait diggers and conservation representatives produced a local voluntary Pegwell Bay NNR – Bait & Bird Agreement (2007, updated 2009) – to help reduce the impact of this activity on the important bird life within the National Nature Reserve.

England Coast Path: New access restrictions were brought in 2016, when the new England Coastal Path was launched around this part of the England coast (Marine & Coastal Access Act, 2009) and subsequently updated with the Dog Control PSPO in 2023.