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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

Hive Beach forms part of Chesil Beach which is an astonishing 18 miles long. The coarse sandy beach slopes gently and is overlooked by farmland and dramatic cliffs. This is the largest tombolo in the UK.


Fishing and fossil hunting - the cliffs are rich in ammonites and shellfish fossils. The beach is part of the Dorset and East Devon World Heritage Site - otherwise known as the Jurassic Coast. Definitely worth a visit is the nearby Abbotsbury Swannery.

Wildlife and Walks

The beach is near the South West Coast Path. There are also cycle paths in the area. The cliffs support a variety of life from butterflies to gulls and fulmars. Dolphins are also known to come close to the shore in this area.

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.


This Weather Widget is provided by the Met Office

Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

Strong currents Strong currents
Large breaking waves Large breaking waves
Deep shelving beach Deep shelving beach

Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

Non-lifeguarded locations For those who can’t make it to a lifeguarded beach

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Facilities at Hive

Food Food Toilets Toilets Bins Bins



There is a National Trust car park at the beach (charge between April and October).

Dog restrictions


Dogs not allowed June 1st to October 31st.

Beach cleaning

No current information