Who cares - coastline

Draw your own pictures in the sand at Kynance Cove, near Lizard Point © John Millar

Draw your own pictures in the sand at Kynance Cove, near Lizard Point

We care for an amazing 10 per cent of the coastline of England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Conservation in action
The Farne Islands off Northumberland are home to around 80,000 nesting pairs of seabirds. And, yes, we do count them.

Our annual bird survey gives us a picture of how each species is faring and how weather conditions in their feeding areas might be affecting them. Our wardens look after birds and other wildlife by managing their habitat, preventing disturbance and enthusing others in caring about the natural environment.

The coast is constantly changing, it has a specialised wildlife, and it’s a draw for local people and visitors alike. Our coastal wardens and volunteers are always busy keeping the coastline spectacular.

See some of the best coastline at:

Remember to download one of our web walks to take with you!

Catch an event
It’s time for the big Beachwatch when you can adopt a beach and help keep them clean as part of the International Coastal Clean-up. It happens at sites across the country including the beautiful Rhossili Bay on the Gower, Dunwich Heath, Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters, Murloch National Nature Reserve, Orford Ness, Strangford Loch and unspoilt Formby.

Want to get involved?

Here are just a couple of ways you can help us conserve our country's coastline:

  • Volunteering on the coast.
  • Join a woodland work party in the coastal Penrose Estate. You’ll lend-a-hand cutting Rhododendron, Laurel and Sycamore whilst getting an insight into how these techniques help manage this stretch of coastline. Contact Dave Chambers, 07879 430703, dave.chambers@nationaltrust.org.uk for more information.