On the beach - get involved by the seaside
Make the most of your coast! Kids or grown-ups, precious holidays or everyday, relaxing or thrill-seeking - there are countless ways to enjoy the best of Britain's beaches. Here are some tips and things to do when you're down by the sea:
Before you dip your toes
Want to know what you're swimming in? Our Good Beach Guide tells you where the cleanest bathing waters are around the UK coast. You'll also find information on weather, travel, lifeguards, facilities and activities at over 1,000 UK beaches. We only give MCS Recommended status to beaches with the best water quality.
Explore the shore
Do you know your barnacles from your limpets or your hornwrack from your bladderwrack? If you like scouring the shoreline for bits of driftwood and shells or have ever wondered at the natural treasures the tide brings in but aren’t quite sure what everything is, then our Seashore Safari Guide will reveal some of the secrets of the strandline.
Report your wildlife sightings
Keep your eyes peeled at the coast and you might just spot something really special. If you are lucky enough to see any basking sharks, marine turtles or jellyfish around the UK, we want to know about it. Find out how to report your wildlife sightings and contribute to our scientific research.
Litter litter litter
Sadly, you're also likely to see some rubbish on the beach. Marine litter is a huge problem around the UK and globally - but you can make a big difference. Our national beach cleaning and surveying programme, called Beachwatch, is now in its 20th year. Find out how you can volunteer at a beach clean near you or perhaps even organise one.
We also run the Big Beach Clean-up in April in partnership with Marks & Spencer - more details on the 2014 event coming soon.
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