South West

Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and the Isles of Scilly

What's happening in The South West:

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.

179

SAS Beach cleans so far in 2017

6,095

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

10,867kg

of plastic pollution removed from your beaches so far in 2017

C'mon The South West
get stuck in!

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

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Beach cleans
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There are no upcoming Beach Cleans.

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

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    Westward Ho! Beach Clean

    August 5, 2017
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    Saunton Sands Beach Clean

    July 27, 2017
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    Perranporth Beach Clean

    July 15, 2017
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    St Agnes Beach Clean

    July 1, 2017
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    Wembury Beach Clean

    June 10, 2017
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    Polzeath Beach Clean

    June 1, 2017
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    Whitsand Bay Beach Clean

    May 28, 2017
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    Slapton Sands Beach Clean

    May 27, 2017
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.

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SAS Beach Clean Box

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Beach Clean Boxes in The South West

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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

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
Samantha Kenshole

Samantha Kenshole

Teignmouth
Adam Reed

Adam Reed

Minehead
Rachel Yates

Rachel Yates

Perranuthnoe
Caroline Major

Caroline Major

North Devon
Hollie Coleman

Hollie Coleman

Exeter
Katie Thorn

Katie Thorn

Saltash
Andrea Blair

Andrea Blair

Portreath
Lez Barlow

Lez Barlow

Padstow
Niki Willows

Niki Willows

Porthtowan
Sophie Williamson

Sophie Williamson

Exeter
Harry Toulson

Harry Toulson

Lyme Regis
Alastair Sharman-Courtney

Alastair Sharman-Courtney

Plymouth
Hugo Brown

Hugo Brown

Polzeath
Annette Eatock

Annette Eatock

Hayle
Lowenna Jones

Lowenna Jones

St Ives
Sally Welburn

Sally Welburn

Devon
Momoko Hill

Momoko Hill

Cornwall
Mark Wakeling

Mark Wakeling

Burnham-on-Sea
Jack Williams

Jack Williams

South East Cornwall
Ben Gaby

Ben Gaby

Bristol
Julian Thomas/Georgeham Primary School

Julian Thomas/Georgeham Primary School

North Devon
Sam Autie

Sam Autie

Helston
Lydia Titterton

Lydia Titterton

Isles of Scilly
Julian Thomas/Georgeham School

Julian Thomas/Georgeham School

North Devon
James Szymankiewicz

James Szymankiewicz

North Devon
Giles Watson

Giles Watson

Bristol
Kristy Wallace

Kristy Wallace

Falmouth
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

West Somerset
Tom Wilkins

Tom Wilkins

Plymouth
Steve Hagan

Steve Hagan

Hayle
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. 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 700mile stretch of coastline.

A plethora of waves break throughout this region with famous spots such as Fistral, Porthleven and Croyde being jewels in the crown. However, for the adventurous out there, uncrowded perfection is readily on offer. Venture a little further from the beaten track for your slice of sandy 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.