The coastline we love is under increasing threat. With over 780 miles of it under our care, we're making sure it's well protected

Northumberland Coast
Coastline at Giant's Causeway

About the coastline we care for 

The National Trust cares for over 780 miles of coastline in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Here are a few things you might not have known about our shores.


Shifting shores

Thanks to your generous donations, we’re now looking after more than 780 miles of the UK’s coastline. Coast and marine specialist Phil Dyke explains how the changing climate is threatening our shifting shores, and how your continued support will help protect the natural coastal landscapes we love.

Conservation grazing on the Lizard

Looking after the Lizard 

With a mild climate and ancient, volcanic rocks underfoot, the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall provides a safe haven for many important plants and animals, including native heather. From cows to controlled burning, discover how rangers are protecting this unique area.

Fighting the plastic tide

Bossington Hill above Porlock Bay, on the Holnicote Estate, Exmoor National Park, Somerset.

Help keep the coast alive 

Building sandcastles and paddling in the sea — what if all we had left of the coast were memories? As seas rise and storms rage, our shifting shores are transformed. Each coastal mile costs £3,000 a year to maintain and we need your help to keep the coast alive for everyone.

Our cause

We protect and care for places so people and nature can thrive. We look after the nation's coastline, historic sites, countryside and green spaces, ensuring everyone benefits.