Help conserve the coast

Child playing in the sea at Wembury Beach, Devon

Wildlife is drawn to Wembury by its range of environments. Rocky cliffs attract seabirds, scrub cover offers a nesting place for song birds, while the rocky shore, slate reefs and massive wave-cut rock platforms provide a secure home for a variety of amazing marine plants and animals. Dolphins can often be seen swimming in the bay, and seals around the Mewstone.

You are in a special Marine Conservation Area

Please help to keep Wembury special for future generations by taking nothing but memories and photos, leaving nothing but footprints and bubbles.

The Seashore Code

Remember to follow the seashore code and help keep Wembury a special place for you and for the
wildlife that makes a home here.

Handle me with care: Poking or squeezing soft-bodied animals like sea anemones can harm them.

Buckets: Keep one animal at a time in your bucket and not for too long –sea creatures get stressed too!

No nets: Use a bucket and your hands to catch rockpool creatures rather than a net. Nets can rip seaweed off the rocks and animals like crabs can lose their legs and claws if they get tangled up in the net.

Don’t make me homeless: Only collect empty shells.

Put me back: Always replace animals, rocks and seaweed as you found them.

Hey! I’m down here! Watch where you walk – you can easily dislodge or crush small sea creatures.

I don’t like litter: Take your rubbish home – litter is a killer.

Look after yourself: Wembury is a wonderful place but be careful – the rocks can be slippery, the cliffs are high and the tides change quickly.

Fishing and foraging

As the MCA is part of the Plymouth Sound & Estuaries European Marine Site, there are restrictions on the fish species that anglers are allowed to land. Trawling is not allowed, although some small boats are allowed to use crab pots in the bay.

Keep up to date on the latest regulations concerning spearfi shing and hand-gathering molluscs from
the shore by visiting www.devonandsevernifca.gov.uk

Is lots of seaweed a good thing?

In the past, farmers gathered seaweed to improve the fertility of their fields. When the Marine Conservation Area (MCA) was set up, they voluntarily gave up these historic rights so that seaweed could once more play its proper role in the ecology of the foreshore. So the answer is yes. It may be slimy, slippery and smelly, but it is home to countless organisms which recycle its nutrients within the marine environment.