Who cares - coastline

Sunlight through dark clouds off Three Cliffs Bay, Gower, Wales
We're caring for the coastline National Trust Images/John Millar

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:
  • The Giant’s Causeway, Co. Antrim boasts stunning hexagonal blocks of basalt and legends aplenty
  • Brownsea Island in Dorset is a great place to seek out squirrels and birds
  • East Head near West Wittering is home to fragile sand dunes and endless beaches
  • Dunstanburgh Castle in Alnwick, Northumberland is famous for its wide-open spaces, dramatic skies and exhilarating walks
  • The Gower Peninsula, Pembrokeshire, is surely one of Britain’s most beautiful stretches of coastline
Remember to download one of our web walks to take with you!

Catch an event

Beachwatch is an annual, 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.

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 on 07879 430703 for more information..
Coastline at Giant's Causeway
Coastline at Giant's Causeway National Trust /Art Ward Photography

Shifting shores report 

We care for more than 775 miles of coastline, from sand dunes and saltmarshes to villages and harbours. Through our Shifting Shores work we are already putting into practice adaptive approaches to management.

Map reading in the Peak District
Map reading in the Peak District Ian Disley

Plan your own walking adventures 

If you prefer to plan your own walking adventures take a look at our walking map to find downloadable walking routes to follow.