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Seaford

East Sussex

The bay is a wave-cut platform containing a 4 mile shingle beach. To the east it is backed by the chalk cliffs of Seaford Head Nature Reserve. It is a quiet family beach. There is a museum near the beach an a cafe.

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Water Quality

Annual classification:

2016 Excellent

Pollution risk forecasts are only made between May and September.

Facilities at Seaford beach

CampsiteFood availableToiletsLitter bins

Parking

There is free parking for up to 200 cars next to the beach.

Dog restrictions

Dogs not allowed on the stretch between Edinburgh Road and West View, May 1st to September 30th.

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned as required.

Lifeguards

No info

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Activities

There is lots to do here from swimming, scuba diving, snorkelling and sea canoeing to sailing, windsurfing, water skiing and fishing. There is zoning for water sports. There is a nearby recreation ground with tennis, pitch and putt and a children's play area.

Wildlife and Walks

Seaford Head Nature Reserve is adjacent to the beach offering cliff top walks. The reserve has approximately 250 plants. There are many species of insect, including 28 species of butterfly, waders and sea birds. See Marine Wildlife sightings at this beach

Beach type: shingle,

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 Seaford beach

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 Seaford 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

Harry Ramsdens - Brightonunsustainable

Fishy Fishy - BrightonSustainable

Englishs Seafood RestaurantSustainable

Carluccios - BrightonSustainable

YO! Sushi - BrightonSustainable

Jamies Italian - BrightonSustainable

The Regency Restaurantunsustainable

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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 Seaford beach

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Maria Birch
on 30 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Gaye Wolfson
on 27 Aug 2016

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