East Sussex

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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 bay is a wave-cut platform containing a 4 mile shingle beach. To the east it is backed by the chalk cliffs of Seaford Head Nature Reserve. It is a quiet family beach. There is a museum near the beach an a cafe.


There is lots to do here from swimming, scuba diving, snorkelling and sea canoeing to sailing, windsurfing, water skiing and fishing. There is zoning for water sports. There is a nearby recreation ground with tennis, pitch and putt and a children’s play area.

Wildlife and Walks

Seaford Head Nature Reserve is adjacent to the beach offering cliff top walks. The reserve has approximately 250 plants. There are many species of insect, including 28 species of butterfly, waders and sea birds.

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
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 Seaford

Campsite Campsite Food Food Toilets Toilets Bins Bins



There is free parking for up to 200 cars next to the beach.

Dog restrictions


Dogs not allowed on the stretch between Edinburgh Road and West View, May 1st to September 30th.

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned as required.