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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

Annual classification:

2015 Excellent

Pollution risk forecasts are only made between May and September.

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

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Water Quality

What's tested here?

Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by the Environment Agency, 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

2015 Excellent

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.

These new European standards are based on the latest health advice and are roughly twice as tough as the old ones. They use the latest four years of data, rather than a single year. Find out how they 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
shelving
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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

Beach Cleans

We need you!

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 Bournemouth Alum Chine

There are currently no beach cleans within 10 miles of this beach!

All of our cleans are run by volunteers so why not organise your own? We’ve got loads of information to help you get started.

Click here to see all events around the UK.

Beachwatch graphic - our success

Small changes, big differences

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

recycle icon Don’t leave litter behind - take it away and recycle it

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

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 sightedJellyfish seen here by Emma Christison
on 10 Dec 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Richard Keitley
on 19 Nov 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Karin Davies
on 19 Oct 2015

Turtles seen here by Sarah Fargher
on 18 Oct 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Robin Manners
on 19 Sep 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Dean Haslam
on 4 Sep 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Deesha Gokool
on 31 Aug 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Emma Christison
on 31 Aug 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Sean Smith
on 30 Aug 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Jody Jones
on 30 Aug 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Lucy Fullard
on 29 Aug 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Helen Garrett
on 26 Aug 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Claire Stancombe
on 23 Aug 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Kate Cope
on 23 Aug 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Jason Marks
on 23 Aug 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Anna Pickett
on 23 Aug 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by James Kundert
on 23 Aug 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Kate Cope
on 22 Aug 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Rebecca Randle
on 22 Aug 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Debbie Wilson
on 22 Aug 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Alexander Churchill
on 20 Aug 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Kirsteen Marton
on 18 Aug 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Chris Woods
on 17 Aug 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Chantal Simonis
on 16 Aug 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Emma Christison
on 16 Aug 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Helen Hopkins
on 16 Aug 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Danny Sheath
on 16 Aug 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Matt Walters
on 15 Aug 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Lydia Mashin
on 15 Aug 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Jane Wright
on 15 Aug 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Thomas Carter
on 14 Aug 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by S Heys
on 12 Aug 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by David Conway
on 12 Aug 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Monique Cooper
on 12 Aug 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Andrew Knight
on 12 Aug 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Alicia Mateos
on 11 Aug 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Jean Crowhurst
on 11 Aug 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Tamasine Whitbread
on 11 Aug 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Amanda and thomas Page
on 11 Aug 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Michael Langridge
on 11 Aug 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Alex Scott
on 10 Aug 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Lindsay Packham
on 9 Aug 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Robert Bamber
on 9 Aug 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Lee Oliver
on 9 Aug 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Sean Phillips
on 9 Aug 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Richard Whiting
on 9 Aug 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Wayne Billings
on 9 Aug 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Andrew Bell
on 8 Aug 2015

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