South East

From Hastings to Mersea Island

What's happening in The South East:

Thousands of local people like you are coming together in 2017 to clean your beautiful beaches, raise money, and fight the blight of plastic pollution.

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Local Beach Cleans

Get down to your nearest or favourite beach and join the front-line in the fight against plastic pollution.


SAS Beach cleans so far in 2017


of you so far this year have volunteered your time at a local beach clean


of plastic pollution removed from your beaches so far in 2017

C'mon The South East
get stuck in!

Help make 2017 your best year yet and let's smash our targets...

Beach cleans

There are no upcoming Beach Cleans.

Why not step forward and Organise your own? It's a lot easier than you might think.

SAS Beach Clean

Organise your own SAS Beach Clean

Get stuck in and help us to protect the beaches you love in The South East. We've made organising your own SAS Beach Clean as easy and fun as possible.

Find out how

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Do your own #MiniBeachClean

If you can't come along to an upcoming Beach Clean then why not step up and organise your own.

Find out how

SAS Beach Clean Box

Beach Clean Boxes in The South East

More about our Beach Clean Boxes


If you'd like to support our work in The South East we'd love to talk to you.

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Protect what you love

the beaches of Broadstairs

If you love ...then help us protect it

Meet your Regional Reps

Dedicated local volunteers who are passionate about protecting your coastlines for everyone.

Lauren Hollas

Lauren Hollas

Southend on Sea
Matt Indge

Matt Indge

Jake Brown

Jake Brown

Dave Melmoth

Dave Melmoth

Dr David Tudor

Dr David Tudor


In their words...
why we love The South East

Starting in Hastings and following the winding of the South East’s coastline, this region is one of our smallest and takes in the famous white cliffs of Dover, the surfing beaches of Broadstairs, the great waterways of the Thames and its estuary and the popular resort of Southend-on-Sea before finishing on Mersea Island, the most easterly inhabited island of the UK.

Famous for wind-based watersports (Camber Sands), power stations (Dungeness), ferries (Dover), surfing (Joss Bay) and seaside resorts (Southend), this region offers an eclectic coastal experience. From the desolate wasteland of Dungeness National Nature Reserve with its varied wildlife, sheer scale, abandoned huts, huge gravel pits and power station to the metropolitan ports of Dover, Folkestone and Ramsgate; the glitz and bright lights of Southend, home to the largest pleasure pier in the world, to the urban sprawl of London and on to the estuary of the River Blackwater with its many designations; two National Nature Reserves, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Interest, Special Protected Area and Geological Conservation Review site.

This is an area with a long maritime heritage linking it to the coast; fishing was and is a large industry down here and Hastings is home to the largest beach-launched fishing fleet in Europe; transport is also important with the Dover to Calais crossing being one of the main sea routes to France and the Channel Tunnel the only under-sea method. This combined with beautiful, sandy beaches has led to a fantastic coastal community spirit and a desire to protect what is so important to the region.