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Swanage South

Dorset

The safe sheltered bay is flanked by magnificent chalk headlands on either side. The gently sloping sands form a good 2km family beach with a promenade, providing all the facilities of a small seaside resort.

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Water Quality

Annual classification:

2015 Not tested

Today's Forecast

Pollution risk forecasts are not made at this site.

Facilities at Swanage South beach

Food availableToilets

Parking

Various car parks available.

Dog restrictions

Dogs not allowed June 1st to September 30th

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned daily during the summer

Lifeguards

Yes

Dates and times | See safety tab

Activities

Swimming. windsurfing. diving. sailing. sea canoeing. fishing and crazy golf and bowls. There is cycle hire. a diving school and boat trips on offer at the nearby marina.

Wildlife and Walks

Explore Swanage. walk out to Pevril point or follow the coast path further afield. 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 not taken at this beach because it has not been designated as a bathing water and there is no voluntary sampling. You can use the beach map to find the closest beach that is tested for water quality.

Why isn't this a designated bathing water?

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 Not tested

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

This beach is not yet classified, please see our safety tips below or contact the local beach operator for further information.

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 Swanage South 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 Swanage South beach

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Michelle Clements
on 18 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Emma Christison
on 15 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Jojo Southgate
on 15 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by William Pucton
on 9 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Darren Johnston
on 23 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Jess Merritt
on 19 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Malcolm Waite
on 17 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Kerrie Osborne
on 17 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Sharon Snelgrove
on 17 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Chris Witheford
on 16 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Robbie Cake
on 16 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Kerrie Osborne
on 12 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Emma Christison
on 17 Jun 2016

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