Surfer at Fistral Beach Carter Moorse

Our focus in England

Huge tidal ranges, amazing beaches, hidden bays and rock pools can be found from the north to the southernmost tip of England. These waters are home to incredible species and habitats and we are working hard to protect them.

After being founded in Hereford in the 80’s we have been working to protect our coast and seas for nearly 40 years. We have been at the forefront of campaigns that have led to 91 Marine Conservations Zones being created in waters around England; and continue to fight for their greater protection.

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.

We still need to make sure that marine protected areas really are protected; that laws to minimise waste and ban chemicals that harm marine life are introduced; and we continue to recommend the most sustainable seafood choices whilst influencing supply chains

Dr Chris Tuckett, Director of Programmes