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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

Currently showing any beaches within a 10 miles radius of Bournemouth Alum Chine Map marker for Bournemouth Alum Chine

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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 Peter Jackson
on 27 Jul 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Jason Marks
on 26 Jul 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Jacob Savage
on 23 Jul 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Emily Johns
on 22 Jul 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Marian Dawkins
on 18 Jul 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Dylan Hampson-vaughan
on 17 Jul 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Emma Christison
on 17 Jul 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Amanda Adams
on 17 Jul 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Marc Baldwin
on 16 Jul 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Krista Dadford
on 16 Jul 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Sharon Snelgrove
on 15 Jul 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Amanda Adams
on 14 Jul 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Michelle Harbord
on 11 Jul 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Abby Armitage
on 10 Jul 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Heather King
on 7 Jul 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Joanne Richards
on 7 Jul 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Justine Plumridge
on 5 Jul 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Sally Bosisto
on 5 Jul 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Julian Wardlaw
on 4 Jul 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Carol David
on 4 Jul 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Tara Quinn
on 3 Jul 2015

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

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Steve Ronald
on 30 Jun 2015

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

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Louis Bone
on 30 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Lawrence Mizen
on 29 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Dick Rose
on 28 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Colin Parnell
on 26 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Ken Ryder
on 25 Jun 2015

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

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Ian Wadsworth
on 24 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Rachel Cude
on 21 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Heidee Hallam
on 21 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Stuart Fulcher
on 21 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Rachel Bolden
on 21 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Robert Sluka
on 21 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Siobhan Davison
on 20 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Katherine Courtauld
on 19 Jun 2015

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

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Kerrie Osborne
on 15 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 Alice Hall
on 12 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Lucas Jones
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 Robert Bamber
on 7 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Jess Vowles
on 6 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 Jo Gibbs
on 4 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Mitzi Chase
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 Paul Lawrence
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 Rochelle Lear
on 3 Jun 2015

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

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Maria Lees
on 2 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Nadine Riegelhof
on 2 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 Lisa Gooch
on 1 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Jason Marks
on 4 Aug 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 Rachel Christopher
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 Domonie Moody
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 Paddy Ohanlon
on 27 May 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Emma Christison
on 26 May 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by V m Brenton
on 26 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 Nicole Chappell
on 25 May 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Tracy Ashley
on 25 May 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Martyn Bellwood
on 24 May 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Ian Fry
on 24 May 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Avis Ashbrooke
on 23 May 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Ann Harden
on 23 May 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by John Hourston
on 23 May 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Simon Laker
on 23 May 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Jon Tribbeck
on 23 May 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Peter O'reilly
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 Patrick Cavanagh
on 23 May 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Mr Parker
on 23 May 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Jenny Baker
on 23 May 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Amanda King
on 22 May 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Sara Pearce
on 22 May 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Holly Wise
on 21 May 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Janice Butcher
on 21 May 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Tom Marshall
on 21 May 2015

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

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Jacqueline Coleman
on 21 May 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Jonathan Howe
on 21 May 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Simon Mills
on 20 May 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Lindsey Aldington
on 20 May 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Kathleen Eyre
on 20 May 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Janet Denny
on 20 May 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Ceidih Byrne
on 19 May 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Tracy Ashley
on 18 May 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Sam Rouse
on 18 May 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Gary Butcher
on 17 May 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Robbie Cake
on 17 May 2015

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

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Michael Lanham
on 16 May 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Tracy Ashley
on 16 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 Michael Ritchie
on 8 May 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Emma Thomson
on 8 May 2015

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