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Bournemouth Alum Chine

Dorset

Alum Chine's Blue Flag beach boasts a variety of beach huts, including the new exclusive chalets close to the tropical gardens, a children's play area including a wet play park, and a restaurant.

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Water Quality

Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by the Environment Agency from 15th May to 30th September.

View latest results and any daily forecasts here

Today's Forecast

Pollution risk forecasts are not made at this site.

Facilities

Food availableToiletsLitter bins

Parking

Roadside parking along the overcliff drive. Pay and display carpark located at entrance to Alum Chine seafront.

Dog restrictions

Dogs not allowed between groynes 3 and 5 between May 1st to September 30th. These areas are clearly marked with signage.

Beach cleaning

Cleaned daily during the summer and weekly the rest of the year

Lifeguards

Yes

Dates and times | See safety tab

Activities

Swimming (watercraft free zones at certain beaches). Sailing, fishing, surfing, canoeing, jet skiing, windsurfing, power boating, beach hut hire and water skiing. Areas of the beach have been zoned as No Smoking and Kidzone. There are Tropical Gardens located adjacent to the beach, and Westbourne shopping centre is a short walk away through the Chine.

Wildlife and Walks

The Bournemouth cliffs provide an ideal habitat for the nationally rare sand lizard and smooth snake, as well as many plant species. The tropical gardens at Alum Chine also offer a unique habitat and variety of wildlife. See Marine Wildlife sightings at this beach

Beach type: bay, sand, shingle,

Beach Location

Beach location map

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Wildlife sightings

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Read more about wildlife sightings at this beach and how to report sightings.

Water Quality

What's tested here?

Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by the Environment Agency from 15th May to 30th September.

Find out more about designated bathing waters here.

What is water quality?

Bathing water quality refers to the amount of bacteria present in the sea, which can vary from beach to beach, and can change daily, even on the same beach. High levels of bacteria can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works and storm overflows or run-off from agricultural and urban areas.

Water quality is usually reduced for 24 to 72 hours after heavy rainfall.

Annual result

2014: projected excellent

At the end of this summer, beaches will be classified with new standards that use four years of sample data. The projected result above shows how the beach would have been rated last year if the new standards had been used, using data from 2011 to 2014. What does this mean?

The new standards don't need to be used until the end of this summer - in 2014 this beach was classified as:

2014: guideline

How the new and old standards compare

Latest info

Check for daily pollution forecasts and the latest sample results here

Safety, Weather & Tides

Displaying nearest weather point within 10 miles of Bournemouth Alum Chine

This weather forecast is generated by the Met Office Weather Widget

Potential hazards at this beach

Deep
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Dates and times

Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

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

For more information visit rnli.org.uk

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 Bournemouth Alum Chine

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Emily Kelly
on 1 Jul 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Jamie Old
on 30 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Dan Lake
on 25 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Lianne Cook
on 18 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Peter Ryan
on 14 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Joss Waterfall
on 13 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Lucas Jones
on 12 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Alice Hall
on 12 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Margaret Miller
on 11 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Trevor Ashworth
on 10 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Nikola Kripe
on 8 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Sally Small
on 7 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Marcus Walters
on 7 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Jo Gibbs
on 4 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Leigh Barlow
on 4 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Oliver Anwyll
on 4 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Vikki Ekema
on 4 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Anastasia Gardner
on 4 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Peter Barrs
on 4 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Rod Jacksoon
on 4 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Amy Crumpler
on 4 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Aldous Rees
on 3 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Rochelle Lear
on 3 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Paul Lawrence
on 3 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Jackie Gordon
on 3 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Mitzi Chase
on 3 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Paddy Ohanlon
on 3 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Sarah Ping
on 2 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Anthony Fox
on 1 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Steve H
on 31 May 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Michelle Ede
on 31 May 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Tim Aves
on 30 May 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Natasha Munday
on 29 May 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Rachel Christopher
on 28 May 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Mark Whitelock
on 28 May 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Mark Prosho
on 28 May 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Domonie Moody
on 27 May 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Paddy Ohanlon
on 27 May 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Emma Christison
on 27 May 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Joe Moxham
on 27 May 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Rachel Christopher
on 27 May 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Rachel Christopher
on 26 May 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Tom Baker
on 25 May 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Patrick Cavanagh
on 23 May 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by David Langley
on 23 May 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Michelle Cutler
on 21 May 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Helen Ward
on 17 May 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Bernard Lyford
on 13 May 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Stephen Dawson
on 13 May 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Rosalie Soden
on 5 Jul 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Robert Sluka
on 11 Jan 2015

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