Pitch in with a beach clean

We look after 778 miles of coastline, providing havens for wildlife and beautiful beaches for everyone to enjoy. If you'd like to lend a hand to keep these places special, why not join in with one of our regular beach cleans? We run events up and down the country throughout the year - here are a few to get you started.

BBC Springwatch beach clean on Freshwater West beach

Gower Peninsula, Wales 

From bracing clifftop walks to surfing the waves or even just the feeling of sand between your toes, we can all get something out of time spent beside the sea. If you’re passionate about the coast, why not head to the Gower to team up with like-minded souls for a spot of beach cleaning? Join the team as they work their way around the coastline to a different beach each month, finishing at Pwll Du in December 2018.

Visitors at Barafundle Bay, Stackpole, Pembrokeshire

Pembrokeshire, Wales 

From Freshwater West to Marloes Sands, Pembrokeshire is brimming over with golden beaches and craggy coastline. If you’ve ever wandered along a cliff top or sat on the sand and wondered how you can help care for these special places, then we might just have the solution. Between January and September 2018, you can join in with beach cleans at a different location each month, and lend a hand to keep them beautiful and safe for resident wildlife. Gloves, bags and litter-pickers are provided, all you need to bring is your enthusiasm.

View of Durgan Village and its beach backed by woodland

Porth Saxon, South Cornwall 

Hidden in a peaceful cove near the estuary of the Helford River in the south of Cornwall, Porth Saxon beach is a magical place to be. Make sure it stays this way by working with a friendly group of volunteers to remove the litter that washes up on the shore. We'll provide the gloves, bags and litter pickers, all you'll need is a can-do attitude. Head to the charming village of Durgan afterwards for a hot drink at the cosy café in the Fish Cellar.

A rainbow over Chapel Porth beach, Cornwall

St Agnes Head, Cornwall 

Nothing stays the same for long at Chapel Porth beach. At high tide this stretch of coast is an intimate rocky cove. When the tide goes in a vast expanse of golden sand is revealed. But the movements of the sea also turn up rubbish, threatening sea birds and marine creatures. Would you like to do something to help? Why not come along to the next beach clean? While you're here explore the fascinating remains of the area's industrial past.

porthcurnick beach, Roseland, Cornwall

Roseland Peninsula, Cornwall 

Cornwall is famous for its beautiful beaches, and those on the remote Roseland peninsula are no exception. The sandy coves of Porthcurnick and Pendower are both great spots to take a walk and let the roll of waves and fresh sea air revive you. If you’d like to lend a helping hand to care for these special places, then why not come along to one of the monthly beach cleans? They’re a great opportunity to meet new people and give something back to nature.

Whitehaven Harbour and Candlestick

Whitehaven Coast, Cumbria 

The Colourful Coast Partnership was created to look after the beautiful stretch of coastline between Whitehaven and St. Bees, so people can enjoy exploring and wildlife can flourish. In summer the headlands are carpeted with bright wildflowers while winter brings the chance for bracing clifftop walks. If you’d like to lend a hand, come along to one of the monthly beach cleans to help remove marine litter and keep these places special for everyone to enjoy.

National Trust Great British Beach Clean

Turn the tide on beach litter 

We're hosting more than 20 beach cleans in support of the Marine Conservation Society's annual Great British Beach Clean, which will see thousands of volunteers clean up beaches across the UK throughout September. Join the rubbish revolution and help keep your favourite beaches litter-free.