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Porthcothan

Cornwall

A north west facing long sandy cove surrounded by cliffs and backed by sand dunes, which offer shelter from prevailing winds. Highly popular with families, less so with surfers due to its sheltered nature.

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Water Quality

Annual classification:

2016 Excellent

Pollution risk forecasts are only made between May and September.

Facilities at Porthcothan beach

ToiletsShops

Parking

Car park with disabled spaces.

Dog restrictions

Dogs are allowed.

Beach cleaning

No current information.

Lifeguards

Yes

Dates and times | See safety tab

Activities

Exposed to south west swells, the area is popular for surfing and rockpooling.

Wildlife and Walks

Fantastic coastal walks through the dunes and along the rugged cliffs. See Marine Wildlife sightings at this beach

Beach type: cove, 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.

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

Displaying nearest weather point within 10 miles of Porthcothan

This weather forecast is generated by the Met Office Weather Widget

Potential hazards at this beach

Strong
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Tidal
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shelving
Strong
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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 Porthcothan 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.

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!

Fancy a fish dish?

Find an eatery with a Fish2fork sustainable seafood rating within 10 miles of Porthcothan 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.

Visit Fish2fork website

Sustainable Blue fish - serving sustainable seafood
Sustainable Red fish – one or more fish options on the menu is an MCS Fish to Avoid

The Seafood RestaurantSustainable

Restaurant Nathan OutlawSustainable

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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 Porthcothan beach

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Nick Court
on 1 Oct 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Mandy Edwards
on 1 Oct 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Cath Blinman
on 20 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Alan Inglis
on 18 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Carol Silverman
on 16 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Brandon Gaston clarke
on 16 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Lucy Formby
on 16 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Hywel Jones
on 16 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Ben Richardson
on 15 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Carol Jones
on 15 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Rachel Wakefield
on 15 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Pippa Richardson
on 12 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Stuart Goodwin
on 11 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Stuart Goodwin
on 11 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by H Wiltshire
on 11 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Rebecca Fitchett
on 10 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Bianca Wheaton
on 5 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Bianca Wheaton
on 5 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Danielle Williams
on 31 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Juliet Turner
on 31 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Katharina Bauer
on 30 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Holly Woodward
on 30 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by T Ewart
on 29 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Richard Spicer
on 29 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Paul Sweeney
on 28 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by John Russell
on 28 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Katy Grazebrook
on 28 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Andy Fuller
on 28 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Paul Sweeney
on 28 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Rosemary Howells
on 27 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Libbi Nightingale
on 26 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Lucy Brown
on 25 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by John Taylor
on 25 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Alicia Hopkins
on 25 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Nicola Champion
on 24 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Laura Gavasingha
on 23 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Chris Reeves
on 23 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Joanne Stone
on 14 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Harriet Rushton
on 14 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Simon Walker
on 13 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Harriet Rushton
on 13 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Sue Cooke
on 11 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Lisa Crampton
on 10 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by George Fairweather
on 9 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Laura Templeton
on 8 Dec 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Veronika Chesworth-kruse
on 25 Jun 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Joanna Austin
on 13 Jun 2016

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