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St Mary's Bay (Devon)

Devon

This is a long sand and shingle beach which is backed by high, shale cliffs. Access is not easy and there are steps down to the beach.

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Water Quality

Annual classification:

2016 Excellent

Pollution risk forecasts are only made between May and September.

Facilities at St Mary's Bay (Devon) beach

Campsite

Parking

No info Free car parking is available for around 50 cars. There is pay and display parking south at Sharkham Point.

Dog restrictions

Dogs are welcome.

Beach cleaning

Lifeguards

None

See safety tab

Activities

You can swimming, fish, snorkel and scuba dive here.

Wildlife and Walks

Walk north on the South West Coast Path to Berry Head National Nature Reserve, where there is more parking and the excellent Guardhouse Cafe. The coastal cliffs are excellent for birders. 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

Displaying nearest weather point within 10 miles of St Mary's Bay (Devon)

This weather forecast is generated by the Met Office Weather Widget

Potential hazards at this beach

Tidal
cut-off
Deep
shelving
Strong
winds

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 St Mary's Bay (Devon) 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 St Mary's Bay (Devon) 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

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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 St Mary's Bay (Devon) beach

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by James Rees
on 12 Sep 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Chris Popham
on 8 Sep 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Chris Popham
on 6 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Roger Harris
on 5 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Will Watts
on 3 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Suzanne Stevens
on 3 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Sylvia Manning
on 3 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Alison Taylor
on 3 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Charlie Wardman
on 1 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Bill Deakins
on 31 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Chris Popham
on 31 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Chris Popham
on 31 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Debbie Hodges
on 29 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Dave Poole
on 29 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Helen Cross
on 28 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Holly Martin
on 26 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Colin Blyth
on 25 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Simon Coe
on 21 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Chris Popham
on 20 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Evelyn Donald
on 20 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Phil Tongue
on 19 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Jean Wildwood
on 18 Jul 2016

Basking shark sightedBasking sharks seen here by Katherine Mason
on 18 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Chris Popham
on 18 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Deborah Hodges
on 17 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Sabrina Garcia
on 15 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Chris Popham
on 14 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Sarah Pearsall
on 14 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Guy Mitchell
on 14 Jun 2016

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