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Portland Harbour Sandsfoot Castle

Dorset

The Portland Harbour beaches are small and secluded. The beaches are on a spit, just like the neighbouring Chesil Beach starting at the ruins of Castleton Castle. Castle Cove is a small privately owned sandy beach backed by cliffs.

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Water Quality

Annual classification:

2015 Good

Today's Forecast

No water quality warning issued28 Sep 2016(Information provided by the Environment Agency)

Facilities at Portland Harbour Sandsfoot Castle beach

Food availableToilets

Parking

There is a small amount of free on-road parking by the beaches.

Dog restrictions

No current information

Beach cleaning

Beach is not cleaned

Lifeguards

None

See safety tab

Activities

Swimming, snorkelling, diving and sailing.

Wildlife and Walks

There is a network of coastal footpaths in the area and 3 castles to visit. Fleet Nature Reserve is nearby and the whole area is great for bird watching, has rare plant species, a variety of insects, including butterflies. 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

2015 Good

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.

Safety, Weather & Tides

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This weather forecast is generated by the Met Office Weather Widget

Potential hazards at this beach

Tidal
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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 Portland Harbour Sandsfoot Castle 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!

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 Portland Harbour Sandsfoot Castle beach

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Sally Wiltshire
on 26 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Deborah Barrett
on 26 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Andrew Packer
on 30 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Lee Harrison
on 21 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Simon Prosser
on 19 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Sylvia Everson
on 18 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Sue Jordan
on 17 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Ian Morgan
on 17 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Lawrence Mizen
on 16 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Mallory Warrington
on 10 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Jon Tribbeck
on 2 Jul 2016

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