Great Dorset Beach Clean 2018

Litter Free Coast and Sea are back with the 29th annual Great Dorset Beach Clean on the weekend of April 21st and 22nd. Beach cleans will be taking place from Lyme Regis all the way along to Friars Cliff, so there will be plenty to choose from.


It is a fantastic event that makes a real difference to our beaches. People taking part carry out surveys of what is found. This helps the Litter Free Coast and Sea team understand the top litter items found on our beaches. We then develop campaigns to try and reduce these items at source.


Last year over 500 volunteers turned out to clear 350 bags of rubbish from Dorset’s beaches. They collected everything from single-use items like plastic bottles and drinks cans, to historical clay pipes and fishing line that had been washed up onto the shoreline.


This year there are going to be 17 beach cleans all along the Dorset coast on Saturday April 21st and Sunday 22nd. Full details of the beaches involved, dates and times of each beach clean can be found below:

[lvca_accordion][lvca_panel panel_title=”Saturday 21st April 2018″]10:00 – 12:00 Bournemouth Beach
Being ran by Bournemouth Borough Council
Meeting point – Pier Approach (East of the pier)


10:00 – 12:00 Swanage

Being ran by Durlston Country Park

Meeting point – Outside the Bull & Boat Restaurant


10:00 – 13:00 Lake Pier Beach

Being ran by Poole’s Heathland Borough of Poole

Meeting point – Lake Pier Car Park

Additional information – The car park charges now apply (£1 for 2 hours, £2 for 10)


10:00 – 14:00 Sandbanks

Meeting Point – Outside Sandbanks Beach Office

Additional information – 500 parking spaces in the sandbanks car park which is pay and display. Tariffs can be seen on


11:00 – 15:00 Cogden

Being ran by The National Trust

Meeting point – Cogden National Trust Car Park


14:00 – 15:00 Monmouth Lyme Regis

Meeting point – Outside RNLI Shop on Slipway


14:30 – 15:30 Bowleaze Cove

Being ran by Bowleaze Coveway Beach Care Group

Meeting point – At the slipway on Bowleaze Cove


15:00 – 16:30 Charmouth

Being ran by Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre

Meeting point – Bottom of the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre steps[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_title=”Sunday 22nd April 2018″]08:00 – 10:00 Durdle Door

Being ran by The Lulworth Estate

Meeting point – Durdle Door Car Park

Additional information – Free parking for the day at Lulworth Cove


10:00 – 12:00 Holes Bay

Being ran by The Borough of Poole

Meeting point – The area between Holes Bay roundabout, on the other side of the road to the Wessex Gate Retail Park.

Additional information – If you are driving you can park in the retail park (by McDonalds) or at Upton Country Park and walk round. There will be a Borough of Poole van there so you should spot us. Facebook event page is – Any enquiries please contact ot 01202 261700


10:00 – 17:00 Abbotsbury

Being ran by Dorset Countryside Volunteers

Meeting point – Abbotsbury Beach Car Park

Additional information – Volunteers tell the car park warden they are doing beach clean. Join us for all or part of the day. We provide hot and cold drinks for morning and afternoon breaks. Bring a packed lunch. See for more details.


10:30 – 12:00 West Bay Beach

Being ran by West Bay Beach Group/Transition Town Bridport

Meeting point – Steps going down to the beach at West Bay esplanade (west beach)

Additional information – Public parking along the seafront and additional parking can be found along West Bay.


10:30 – 12:30 Friars Cliff

Being ran by Friars Cliff Beach Clean group

Meeting point – Steamer Point (where the wave wall joins the promenade)

Additional information – Parking is at Steamer Point Car Park or Avon Beach Car Park


11:00 – 13:00 Chesil Beach

Being ran by Dorset Wildlife Trust

Meeting point – Chesil Beach Centre

Additional information – Free Parking during the duration of the beach clean – please come in and pick up a parking permit form the Chesil Beach Centre. 10% discount on food and drinks at Taste Café in the Chesil Beach Centre.


11:00 – 13:00 West Bexington

Being ran by The National Trust

Meeting point – Beach Car Park – West Bexington


11:30 – 12:30 Studland

Being ran by The National Trust

Meeting point – Knoll Beach Visitor Centre

Additional information – A car parking charge normally applies to non-members but it is free to participants for the duration of this event. Collect voucher from Knoll Beach Visitor Centre.


13:30 – 15:30 Worbarrow

Being ran by Dorset Wildlife Trust

Meeting point – On the beach at the end of the footpath from the car park at Tyneham.

Additional information – Join our marine wardens to remove the litter from the beach in beautiful Worbarrow Bay. Marine litter is not only a blight on our beaches but presents a deadly hazard for all kinds of wildlife.

Park at Tyneham between Lulworth Cove and Kimmeridge Bay and follow the footpath to the beach in Worbarrow Bay – approx. 1 mile. There is a suggested donation of £2 for parking. Meet at the beach end of the footpath (map ref SY 865 803). All equipment is provided but please bring a drink and suitable footwear and clothing for an exposed location and walking on a shingle beach. Allow plenty of time for the walk to arrive for the important briefing at the start of the event. Adults and children are welcome.[/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]

Litter Free Coast and Sea Week 2017

The theme for Litter Free Coast and Sea Week 2017 was #LitterFreeDaysOut. We encouraged people to enjoy a Litter Free Day Out during Easter and share what they did on social media.

Even though the week is over you can still join in and share youre #LitterFreeDaysout. Find out how below and remember to tag us on social media.

[lvca_accordion][lvca_panel panel_title=”Find a bin and pop it in.”]Yes, it really is that simple!

It’s easy to see that some people don’t take their rubbish home but, we’re pleased to say, most people do. Just think of the millions of people who visit Dorset’s beaches every year, and how clean they are most of the time. We’re really proud that lots and lots of our beach users use the bins provided for them or take their rubbish home, and encourage everyone to make this simple thing part of their normal beach-going habit.


[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_title=”Make and take”]If you have time, making your beach snacks ahead of time and taking them with you in a cool box is a great way to make sure you get your sandwiches exactly how you like them, plus there’s no rubbish to get left behind. (and you’ve got a nifty box to take the empties home in to re-use!)[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_title=”Grabbing lunch on the go?”]Here are a few tips for grabbing lunch on the go and reducing all that pesky packaging:

  • Support local businesses- those fab beach-front cafes and restaurants will serve you lunch with the minimum of packaging or, at the very least, will have bins nearby so you don’t have to carry waste packaging around with you after lunch.
  • Just say no! whether you like your cocktail (or smoothie!) with or without ice, saying ‘no’ to the plastic straw means no risk it ends up on the beach.
  • Take just what you need. OK, sticky fingers = napkin requirement, we’re totally with you. But one or two will do the trick- save the juggling and fewer napkins end up as litter. The same goes for sauce and sugar sachets.
  • Choose the option with the least wrapping, or dispose of the wrapping in the shop if you can. Less to take with you, less to blow away.

[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_title=”Fill ‘er up! (your water bottle, that is)”]A nice cold drink of water is wonderful on a day out, so it’s easy to see why sales of bottled water are booming. However, there’s a growing trend in Dorset to use one of the 60+ Refill Stations around the county and get fresh, cold water for free! All you need is your favourite re-usable water bottle and the Refill Britain App (download it here for free: iPhone users here; Android users here) to find your nearest station. You can even earn points as you go, which earn lovely rewards from the Refill Britain team.

It’s not just water either. If you enjoy a mochachoca-soy-chai-latte (and, let’s face it, who makes one of those at home?) take your refillable mug along to your favourite coffee shop and take one single-use cup out of the system each time. As an extra reward, some big chains now offer you discounts for using reusable cups. Pat on the back for Costa and Starbucks![/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_title=”Don’t feed the locals!”]Of course, we mean the winged kind…

Seagulls are an integral part of the Great British seaside experience, but they’ve also become adept at fishing food rubbish out of litter bins in search of a tasty snack. Make sure you put rubbish all the way in, and don’t stack rubbish around an overflowing bin, to stop seagulls causing the litter you’ve tried so hard to prevent.

As a bonus, reducing the amount of readily available food for gulls means that, over time, they’re less likely to associate people with food. If we all do our bit, they’ll have a healthier diet and be less likely to dive bomb us while we eat our ice cream or fish and chips![/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]

Isey Betts enjoying a Litter Free Day Out

Great Dorset Beach Clean 2017

22 of Dorset’s beaches were cleaned as part of the 2017 Great Dorset Beach Clean. It involved over 425 volunteers who offered couple of hours to make a difference to our coasts, retrieving just over 330 bags of litter from beaches from Christchurch to Lyme Regis. Almost 470 fewer bags than last year.

It is very encouraging to see that there was a lot less litter collected this year than last. Lots of factors can affect this including recent weather. We also now have 19 #2minutebeachclean stations and several community beach clean groups along the coast so beach cleans are happening more regularly throughout the year. However, we hope that less litter collected this year does indicates that less litter is being dropped along the coast. Huge thanks to everyone involved.

Chesil Cove
Lyme Regis
Holes Bay