Holkham Beach Norfolk Phil Hearing

Our focus in England

England's waters are home to incredible species and habitats and we're working hard to protect them.

Huge tidal ranges, amazing beaches, hidden bays and rock pools can be found from the north to the southernmost tip of England.

Many habitats, such as seagrass and kelp, which were once common around our shores have been devastated in the last century. These are not only home to many species but also help store carbon and reduce the impacts of climate change.

With our partners we are undertaking a ground-breaking project to plant seagrass in the South West of England and to inspire people about the benefits of this coastal marvel. And in Sussex, with partners, we have successfully called for a ban on trawling – the first step in bringing a thriving kelp forest back to the area.

Using evidence from our beach cleans and litter surveys we successfully campaigned for England’s carrier bag charge to be introduced and for plastic cotton buds, stirrers and straws, which are commonly found on our beaches, to be banned.

Our data also helped us call for changes in wet wipe labelling and, with drinks litter still plaguing our coasts, in our continued call for a fully functioning Deposit Return Scheme where drinks containers can be collected.

Much more needs to be done to help improve the health of seas around England and we will continue to push for more commitments on tackling single use plastic, improved fisheries management and greater protection.