Bournemouth Hengistbury West

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Bournemouth Hengistbury West
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by the Environment Agency

The 1.5 kilometre long Hengistbury Head separates Poole Bay and Christchurch Bay and encloses Christchurch Harbour on its landward side. Most of the headland remains undeveloped and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Activities

Swimming and windsurfing are popular here.

Wildlife and Walks

Hengistbury Head is an Ancient Monument. Information signs interpret the history and wildlife of the area and there are nature trails to be explored.

What's tested here?

Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by the Environment Agency, during the bathing season, 15th May to 30th September.
Find out more about designated bathing waters.

High levels of bacteria in the water can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works or polluted rain water draining from the land.
Where does pollution comes from and how can you help?

Water quality can be reduced for up to 72 hours after heavy rain. Look out for temporary signs at the beach and on our website.

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

What does this mean?

At the end of every bathing season the water quality is classified as either:

Excellent — the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest

Good — generally good water quality

Sufficient — meets minimum standards

Poor — You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by the Environment Agency
More information about potential pollution sources and improvement plans.

Weather

This Weather Widget is provided by the Met Office

Tide times

Facilities at Bournemouth Hengistbury West

Food Food Toilets Toilets

Parking

 

There are 500 pay and display parking spaces at Hengistbury Head.

Dog restrictions

 

Dogs are allowed.

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned regularly.

Lifeguards

None.