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Hive

Dorset

Hive Beach forms part of Chesil Beach which is an astonishing 18 miles long. The coarse sandy beach slopes gently and is overlooked by farmland and dramatic cliffs. This is the largest tombolo in the UK.

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Water Quality

Annual classification:

2016 Excellent

Pollution risk forecasts are only made between May and September.

Facilities at Hive beach

Food availableToiletsLitter bins

Parking

There is a National Trust car park at the beach (charge between April and October).

Dog restrictions

Dogs not allowed June 1st to October 31st.

Beach cleaning

No current information

Lifeguards

None

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Activities

Fishing and fossil hunting - the cliffs are rich in ammonites and shellfish fossils. The beach is part of the Dorset and East Devon World Heritage Site - otherwise known as the Jurassic Coast. Definitely worth a visit is the nearby Abbotsbury Swannery.

Wildlife and Walks

The beach is near the South West Coast Path. There are also cycle paths in the area. The cliffs support a variety of life from butterflies to gulls and fulmars. Dolphins are also known to come close to the shore in this area. See Marine Wildlife sightings at this beach

Beach type: sand, shingle, pebbles,

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.

Find out how they compare.

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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This weather forecast is generated by the Met Office Weather Widget

Potential hazards at this beach

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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 Hive beach

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.

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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 Hive beach

Fish2Fork

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

Hix Oyster and Fish HouseSustainable

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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 Hive beach

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by David Harknett
on 10 Sep 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Anne Burn
on 6 Aug 2016

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