The Seashore CARE Code
wildlife and leave it for others to enjoy - take photos not living thing, and
make sure any shells you collects are empty.
Always leave the shore as
you find - replace any rocks or seaweed you overturn and return animals to where
you found them.
Rubbish doesn't belong
here - take it home with you and report any unusual washed-up drums or
Enjoy the coast safely -
watch out for hazards and always check the tide timetables
Remember they are living animals that can hurt you just as much as you can hurt
them (even though they don’t mean to!
rocks back where you found them
creatures in rock pools They will die if you
any holes you dig
not poke or squeeze any animals They feel pain
collect empty shells These are the animals
homes that are thier proction!
stay with a adult
out for the incoming tide tide times are
aviable from the seashorecentre
of falling rocks from the cliffs above you.
your litter home.
Show Respect for Seashore
creatures are fascinating and have found special ways of living in their
environment. They to adopt to survive the rigours of wave-action, exposure and
predation. Some have shells for protection, but many need to hide under rocks,
seaweed or in the sands.
seashore is fun, but please remember:
animals where you find them.
- Take care
when touching soft bodied animals. - They are very delicate.
lift and replace any rocks you may have moved. – There are animals underneath
which need them for shelter.
attach seaweed in place. – There is plenty lying loose on the strand line.
- Do not
trample through rockpools.
Take Photos, not Living Animals
in all shapes, sizes and colours. Many still contain living animals, even if
they do look “dead”. If you want to collect shells, please make sure they are
empty before taking them home.
If you want to
buy a souvenir:
- Buy a photograph, book or poster of colourful marine creatures rather than
shells, coral, starfish and urchins or other “marine curios”.
“curios” would almost certainly have been alive, when collector.
- If we don’t
buy them, the shops won’t sell them.
Avoid Disturbing Wildlife
You can see
many animals at their best when they are behaving naturally. This is true for
animals such as seals. Otters and seabirds, as well as rockpool animals.
- It is best
to watch from a distance, through binoculars if possible, especially if the
animals are nesting, or pupping in the case of seals.
- Keep you
dog clear of bird and other animals.
it is now illegal to disturb or harass many species of birds and animals.
Take your Rubbish Home with you
is unsightly and can be dangerous to sea creatures. Much of the litter on our
shores comes from tourists, shipping, fishing vessels and sewage outfalls.
can help to reduce this problems when visiting the coast:
- Take your
rubbish home. – Burying it is no solution.
- Keep your
dog from fouling the beach.
canister or drums washed up on the beach, but not touch them.
- Bag it and bin, please don’t flush it. – Bag and bin all plastic bathroom waste such as
cotton bud sticks.
Watch where you Go
sand dunes are prone to erosion and easily damaged by people and vehicles.
protect the coast:
- Keep to
established paths and dune boardwalks.
- Park in
designated car park and keep access to footpaths clear.
- Do not use
beaches or dunes for scrambling motorcycles or other “off road” vehicles.
- If you dig
holes un the beach, please fill them up again.
pebbles and rocks on the beach rather than collect them for you garden.
All cliffs are
unstable and potencially dangerous, yet they are an impressive sight and the
clifftop offers panoramic views of the coastline. Cliffs also provide a very
specialised habitat for the plants and animals that live on them.
Take care near cliffs:
that it is dangerous to climb up or go near the top or bottom of a cliff.
don’t throw or push anything over the edge of cliffs. As well as being
dangerous, it can increase the rate of cliff erosion and kill or disturb
Play safe on
the beach too:
- Check tide
times to avoid being cut off.
- Keep away
from soft sand an mud. – It is easy to get stuck!