The countryside and seaside codes
The countryside code
Respect other people
- Consider the local community and other people enjoying the outdoors.
- Leaves gates and property as you find them and follow paths unless wider access is available.
Protect the natural environment
- Leave no trace of your visit - take your littler home or bin it.
- Keep dogs under effective control.
Enjoy the outdoors
- Plan ahead and be prepared.
- Follow advice and local signs.
Find out more information about the countryside code.
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're there. By following the seaside code you can stay safe and healthy and also ensure that you leave all the plants and animals as you found them for others to enjoy. Please respect the coast and the plants and animals that live there.
Leave them alone
- Any animal or plant that you find on the coast can only live there. Please leave things where you find them, and don't take them home.
- Stones and pebbles on the beach look very 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.
- 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 it.
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.
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!
Calling for help
If you see someone in difficulty at sea please dial 999 and ask for the coastguard.
- 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!
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