South West

From Bristol through Devon and Cornwall, round Lands End and along the south coast to Southampton

What's happening in The South West:

Thousands of local people like you are coming together in 2019 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.

279

SAS Beach cleans so far in 2018

16,826

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

31,235kg

of plastic pollution removed from your beaches so far in 2018

C'mon The South West
get stuck in!

Help make 2018 your best year yet and let's smash our targets...

Volunteers
20000
16826
Beach cleans
400
279
  • Beach clean

    Weston-super-Mare clean

    July 2, 2019
  • Beach clean

    Towan Beach Clean

    July 8, 2019
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    Towan Beach Clean

    July 8, 2019
  • Beach clean

    Glasney Wood clean

    July 14, 2019
  • Beach clean
  • Beach clean

    Swanpool Beach clean

    June 8, 2019
  • Beach clean

    Perranporth Beach clean

    June 2, 2019
  • Beach clean

    Bigbury Beach Clean

    May 25, 2019
  • Beach clean

    Pendennis Head

    May 18, 2019
  • Beach clean

    Fistral Beach clean

    May 12, 2019
  • Beach clean

    Exmouth Beach clean

    May 8, 2019
  • Beach clean

    Mudeford Sandbanks Clean

    May 5, 2019
  • Beach clean

    Boscombe Pier Clean

    April 28, 2019
  • Beach clean

    Charmouth Beach Clean

    April 27, 2019
SAS Beach Clean

Organise your own SAS Beach Clean

Get stuck in and help us to protect the beaches you love in The South West. 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

61
Beach Clean Boxes in The South West

More about our Beach Clean Boxes

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

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Protect what you love

the Fistral waves

Durdle Door and Old Harry Rock

If you love ...then help us protect it

Meet your Regional Reps

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

Jo Wakeham

Jo Wakeham

South Devon
Ally Cattaneo

Ally Cattaneo

Bournemouth
Samantha Kenshole

Samantha Kenshole

Teignmouth
Adam Reed

Adam Reed

Minehead
Rachel Yates

Rachel Yates

Penzance
Caroline Major

Caroline Major

North Devon
Katie Thorn

Katie Thorn

Saltash
Andrea Blair

Andrea Blair

Portreath
Lez Barlow

Lez Barlow

Padstow
Sophie Williamson

Sophie Williamson

Exeter
Al Sharmers

Al Sharmers

Poole
Hugo Brown

Hugo Brown

Polzeath
Warren Bicheno

Warren Bicheno

Dorset
Annette Eatock

Annette Eatock

Hayle
Lowenna Jones

Lowenna Jones

St Ives
Sally Welburn

Sally Welburn

Bristol
Momoko Hill

Momoko Hill

Cornwall
Mark Wakeling

Mark Wakeling

Burnham-on-Sea
Jack Williams

Jack Williams

South East Cornwall
Ben Gaby

Ben Gaby

Bristol
Sam Autie

Sam Autie

Helston
Christie Middleton

Christie Middleton

Newquay
Julian Thomas/Georgeham School

Julian Thomas/Georgeham School

North Devon
James Szymankiewicz

James Szymankiewicz

North Devon
Nicole Nolan

Nicole Nolan

Herm, Channel Islands
Ben Rogers

Ben Rogers

Arlingham, River Severn
Cordelia Dewey

Cordelia Dewey

Isle of Wight
Leonie Constantine

Leonie Constantine

Bristol
Megan Abrahams

Megan Abrahams

Exeter
Lizzi Larbalestier

Lizzi Larbalestier

Perranporth and Holywell
Claire Meaden

Claire Meaden

Poole
Claire Thorpe

Claire Thorpe

Alderney
Vikki Baker

Vikki Baker

Westward Ho!
Krissy Middleton

Krissy Middleton

Perranuthnoe
Beccy Rogers

Beccy Rogers

Plymouth and South Hams
Eryn Murray

Eryn Murray

Newquay
Macy Scott Joyce

Macy Scott Joyce

Porthcothan Bay
Nick Barry

Nick Barry

Porthtowan
Denise Bickley

Denise Bickley

Sidmouth
Vicki Chillcott

Vicki Chillcott

Pewsey and Bath
Becky Balmer

Becky Balmer

Bristol
Emma Askew

Emma Askew

Exeter
Bryony Henderson

Bryony Henderson

Chard/Lyme Regis/Bridport
Claire Bradford

Claire Bradford

Plymouth
Jess Channing

Jess Channing

Newquay
Tamani Beare

Tamani Beare

Rosudgeon
Aaron Bray

Aaron Bray

Alderney
Giles Watson

Giles Watson

Bristol
Natalie Fox

Natalie Fox

Portreath
Claire Moodie

Claire Moodie

Croyde
Dave Muir

Dave Muir

Sennen
Ross Curwen

Ross Curwen

Sidmouth
Chris Betty

Chris Betty

South Cornwall
Robin Johnson

Robin Johnson

Plymouth
Teesh Hooper

Teesh Hooper

Cornwall
Martin Poyntz-Roberts

Martin Poyntz-Roberts

Bristol & Somerset
Liss Taylor

Liss Taylor

Bude
OJ

OJ

North Somerset
Matt Harwood

Matt Harwood

Isle of Wight
Tom Wilkins

Tom Wilkins

Plymouth
Gilly Slater

Gilly Slater

Newquay

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

One of the most diverse regional coastlines of the UK, the South West ranges from the super-tidal mudflats of the River Severn estuary and the boulder-strewn Somerset beaches, through the jagged cliffs and sweeping golden sandy beaches that characterise the Cornish and Devonian coasts to the myriad tiny, gorse-framed coves and on to the buzz of urban areas like Weymouth, a place that was first discovered by the Victorians as a great holiday resort.

Home to the Jurassic Coast this region boasts fossil-laden cliffs, picturesque coves and famous geology like Durdle Door and Old Harry Rock. In contrast it’s been said that Bournemouth is the closest thing to Californian living in the UK. There really is a beach for everyone! Dog walkers, nature-lovers, hikers, ramblers, beach-goers, water sports enthusiasts, picnickers, detectorists, cyclists, ocean road-drivers and rock poolers can all find their niche on this stretch of coastline.

A plethora of waves break throughout this region with famous spots such as Fistral, Porthleven and Croyde being easy-to-know jewels in the crown. However, for the adventurous out there, uncrowded perfection is readily on offer and further along the south coast still attracts pockets of keen surfers with an ever growing watersports community. Venture a little further from the beaten track for your slice of wavy heaven.

While winter storms harass the beaches on this exposed stretch, stripping back the sand and damaging coastal developments, the inundation of tourists during the summer months also have a range of adverse effects: Littering, coastal erosion and more are commonplace as the hordes descend to enjoy this pristine natural environment.

The birthplace of Surfers Against Sewage, ocean conservation has always been ingrained in the region’s culture, as the sea is such an obvious and omnipresent source, and is a growing trend in the younger generations. The Regional Reps Programme is particularly strong here with all keys areas covered and regular beach clean events taking place throughout the year.