Seashore Code

For all coastal users:

Respect our Coastal Wildlife

  • Try to leave everything as you find it
  • Tread carefully on the rocky shore to minimise impact on coastal wildlife
  • Avoid putting coastal birds to flight between 1 October and 31 March, especially at high tide or at night
  • Stay clear of the main bird roost areas between 1 October and 31 March, and the summer breeding grounds between 1 April and 31 July on the shingle beaches by the lagoons

Consider our Coastline and other users

  • Take your rubbish home and report any potential hazards
  • Try to avoid damaging rocks, especially on the lower shore, where the chalk is most fragile
  • Dont block public access or right of way and use official car parks where possible
  • Only authorised vehicles are allowed to use the foreshore or promenades
  • Respect the rights of all other users

Stay safe

  • Check tide times to avoid being cut off from the shore and tell someone where you’re going.
  • Check bay signs for activity zones, bylaws and local beach safety information.
  • Be aware of local hazards and conditions.
  • Take care near cliffs and don’t throw anything over the edge.
  • Beware of walking on slippery rocks, slopes or near the edge of promenades.
  • Keep away from soft sand and mud.

Be environmentally friendly

  • Volunteer to help on ‘beach-cleans’ and support environmental campaigns
  • Take photos only, and buy postcards, books or posters of marine creatures – instead of ‘marine curios’ such as shells and starfish, which may have been alive when collected.
  • Buy products and produce that do not harm the environment, such as environmentally friendly detergents or locally caught (non endangered) fish
  • Remember to recycle and dispose of your waste properly – remember car oil, paints and solvents all need special land-based disposal and plastics should not be flushed down with bathroom waste