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Neath & Port Talbot

North of Port Talbot harbour, this is a sandy beach, which is popular with surfers.

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Water Quality

Annual classification:

2016 Good

Pollution risk forecasts are only made between May and September.

Facilities at Aberafan beach

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There is parking near the beach.

Dog restrictions

There are seasonal restrictions at Aberavon: https://www.npt.gov.uk/PDF/DogExclusionZone.pdf

Beach cleaning

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The surfing can be really good but also dangerous at high tide. Beginners should surf on a dropping tide and avoid the southern area, near the breakwater.

Wildlife and Walks

Margam Country Park and Castle is nearby. Kenfig National Nature Reserve is to the south of the beach. See Marine Wildlife sightings at this beach

Beach type: harbour, sand,

Beach Location

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Water Quality

What's tested here?

Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by Natural Resources Wales, during the bathing season, from 15th May to 30th September. Find out more about designated bathing waters.

High levels of bacteria in the water can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works or polluted rain water draining from the land. Where does pollution comes from and how can you help?

Water quality can be reduced for up to 72 hours after heavy rain. Look out for temporary signs at the beach and on our website.

Annual classification

2016 Good

What’s does this mean?

At the end of every bathing season the water quality is classified as either-

Excellent – the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest
Good – generally good water quality
Sufficient – meets minimum standards
Poor – You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

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Today’s daily pollution forecast

Daily water quality forecasts are made at some designated bathing waters during the bathing season which is May to September in England and Wales and June to September in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Water quality isn’t monitored outside of this time and daily pollution forecasts are not made – check back here during the bathing season for the latest forecasts.

Safety, Weather & Tides

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Potential hazards at this beach


Dates and times

Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

Non-lifeguarded locations For those who can’t make it to a lifeguarded beach:

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Beach Cleans

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Our volunteers have been surveying rubbish on  UK beaches for over 20 years. In that time shoreline litter had more than doubled and plastic has gone up by 180%!

MCS beach cleans are run all year round All year round Beach Clean events with our flagship event 'Great British Beach Clean' Great British Beach Clean - 18th to 21st Sept in September.

Volunteers record the litter they find - we use this information to help Governments and industry understand how to stop the rubbish getting there in the first place. We also promote behaviour change among the public using the data collected.

MCS Beach clean events

Within 10 miles of Aberafan beach

Beachwatch event

Sandy Bay, Wales - 12 May 2017
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Beachwatch event

Langland Bay - 16 Jul 2017
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Beachwatch event

Sandy Bay, Wales - 1 Aug 2017
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Beachwatch event

Sandy Bay, Wales - 18 Sep 2017
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Small changes, big differences

litter bin icon Take your rubbish home - don’t try and cram more stuff into already overflowing beach bins

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Toilet icon Only put the 3P's down the loo - Pee, Poo and Paper - everything else goes in the bin!

Fancy a fish dish?

Find an eatery with a Fish2fork sustainable seafood rating within 10 miles of Aberafan beach


We rate restaurants according to the impact the seafood they serve has on fish stocks and the health of our oceans.

Along with MCS we want all seafood served in the UK to be sustainable.

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Sustainable Blue fish - serving sustainable seafood
Sustainable Red fish – one or more fish options on the menu is an MCS Fish to Avoid

There are currently no restuarants listed within 10 miles of this beach!

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Wildlife Spotting

You never know what kinds of wildife you'll come across at the beach. We're interested in what you find - especially if you come across jellyfish, basking sharks or turtles. Tell us what you find.

Find out the latest news and information on marine wildlife from around the UK.

Note: This page shows reports of sightings of jellyfish, basking sharks and turtles ONLY, as MCS holds national databases for these species. Don't be alarmed if it looks like there are lots of jellyfish in the area, they are fascinating creatures. We always advise "look but don't touch".

Latest reported sightings

Within 10 miles of Aberafan beach

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Karyn Melbourne-thomas
on 23 Mar 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Vernon Jones
on 22 Mar 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Peter Beynon
on 18 Mar 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Jessie Longstaff
on 31 Dec 2016

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