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The Seaside Code

The seaside is a great place to visit and enjoy, but it can be dangerous if you don't take care while you are there. By following the seaside code you can stay safe and healthy and leave it in a condition for others to enjoy.

Please respect the coast and the plants and animals that live there by leaving them where you found them.

Leave animals and plants alone

Any animal or plant that you find on the coast can only live on the coast. Please leave things where you find them, and don't take them home.

Stones and pebbles on the beach may look attractive, but they are there for a reason. Removing stones from the beach will harm the many plants, animals and birds that live and feed amongst them.

Watch the tide

Stay safe by making sure that someone knows where you are going and when you are due back, and keep to this plan.

Make sure you know the tide times and keep checking so you don't get cut off as the tide comes in.

If you are going to swim, make sure you stay close to the beach and never jump from the breakwaters.

Keep dogs under control

Please keep your dog under control. At some times during the year, you and your dog may disturb nesting or feeding birds.

Please take note of any signs and help to look after the local wildlife. If you see dog foul left on the beach please report dog fouling to the council.

Mind your step

Sand dunes are a fragile habitat and are also protected in the area. Help look after them by using paths and boardwalks, and by parking in marked bays.

Stay healthy and happy

Stay healthy by washing your hands after playing on the beach, and especially before you have anything to eat.

Help the birds and animals stay alive by taking your litter home with you and clearing up after your dog. Discarded rubbish can kill.

Call for help

If you see someone in difficulty at sea please dial 999 and ask for the coastguard.

Tell them:

  • What you have seen
  • Where you have seen it
  • Where you are telephoning from
  • When you found the problem
  • Who you are

Do not enter the water unless you are trained to do so.