What if Neptune never happened?

The Mewstone at Wembury

Tumbling hills, blue flag beaches and wildflower meadows are a common sight on the South West coast. But what if the National Trust’s coastal campaign – Neptune - hadn’t played a part in protecting and caring for the coast?

Five coastal and Neptune facts:


1. Enterprise Neptune began in 1965

People have donated tens of millions of pounds to Neptune. All this money goes towards protecting and caring for the coast – keeping it accessible for everyone. We can only continue this work thanks to your generous donations.

2. In the South West 1 in every 3 miles is owned by the National Trust

In the UK as a whole, 10% (or 742 miles) of the coastline, is also is in safe hands and a free national park by the sea. For those of you who love the detail, you can see the land bought for everyone and looked after for ever on the National Trust Land Map.

3. Wembury saved from an uncertain future

In 2005 tens of thousands of people helped the National Trust to raise three times the money needed to buy Wembury Point from the Ministry of Defence. Until then, access had been restricted.
Ten years on, Wembury is a wildlife haven and special place to visit. Many rare plants and animals thrive here – from cirl buntings and Dartford warblers to the extremely rare Plymouth pear.
Listen out for the Dartford warbler
A Dartford warbler
Listen out for the Dartford warbler

4. Three World Heritage Sites on National Trust coastline

They are Giant's Causeway and Causeway coast, Jurassic Coast, Cornwall and West Devon and Mining Landscapes.

5. Sea levels in the UK have risen 20cm between 1990 and 2015

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change suggests sea levels might rise four times faster than this rate during the 21st century. Coastal flooding and erosion will increase as a result, making the coast an important barometer for climate change.

6. How much coastline will be affected by erosion and flooding? 

Over the next 100 years, 377 miles of National Trust-owned coastline will be affected by increased flooding and erosion.
Are you interested in protecting and supporting the coast? Please help us by donating now.