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Dovercourt

Essex

To the north of the pier, this popular sandy beach has low, wooden groynes and is backed by a sea wall. The promenade extends to Harwich Town. There are beach huts to the north and south of the beach.

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Water Quality

Annual classification:

2016 Excellent

Today's Forecast

Pollution risk forecasts are not made at this site.

Facilities at Dovercourt beach

Food availableToilets

Parking

Free and Pay and Display car parking is available. Low Road Car Park is to the south of the beach.

Dog restrictions

Dogs not allowed May 1st to September 30th.

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned daily during the summer.

Lifeguards

None

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Activities

Water sports are popular - zoning applies. There is a swimming pool and sports centre, a boating pond and model yacht pond, and a skateboard park and recreation ground. There are forts to the north of the beach - Beacon Hill Fort and Harwich Redoubt Fort and the Harwich Maritime Museum.

Wildlife and Walks

The beach is near Hemford Water National Nature Reserve which is wonderful for its wildfowl and waders. To the south, a little further away, is the John Weston Nature Reserve, which has lapwing, redshank, sedge & reed warblers and also has some interesting moths and migrant bird species. See Marine Wildlife sightings at this beach

Beach type: sand,

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

2016 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.

Today's Forecast

Pollution risk forecasts are not made at this site.

Click here for more information about potential pollution sources and improvement plans.

Safety, Weather & Tides

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This weather forecast is generated by the Met Office Weather Widget

Potential hazards at this beach

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currents
Tidal
cut-off
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shelving

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

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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 Dovercourt beach

Beachwatch event

South of Orwell Bridge - 15 Sep 2017
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Beachwatch event

Felixstowe Pier Heading North - 15 Sep 2017
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Beachwatch event

Levington River Foreshore - 16 Sep 2017
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Beachwatch event

Trimley Marsh - 16 Sep 2017
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Beachwatch event

Felixstowe (the Dip to 13th hole) - 16 Sep 2017
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Beachwatch event

Bawdsey Quay - 17 Sep 2017
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Beachwatch event

Felixstowe (Manor Terrace) - 17 Sep 2017
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Beachwatch event

Bawdsey:East Lane South - 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

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!

Fancy a fish dish?

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

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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 Dovercourt beach

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Ron Baker
on 19 Jul 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Alison Malyon
on 20 Jun 2017

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