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Wonwell Sands

Devon

Quiet and scenic, this is a sheltered sandy beach near the mouth of the Erme estuary.

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Water Quality

Annual classification:

2016 Not tested

Pollution risk forecasts are only made between May and September.

Facilities at Wonwell Sands beach

Parking

Parking is very limited and access is down narrow country lanes.

Dog restrictions

Dogs are allowed.

Beach cleaning

No current information

Lifeguards

None

See safety tab

Activities

The walking here is fantastic, you can also kayak and the river is very shallow when the tide is out.

Wildlife and Walks

There is stunning scenery on coastal walks along the estuary and excellent walking on the South West Coast Path to Mothecombe or further on to Bigbury-on-Sea. 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

2016 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.

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 Wonwell Sands

This weather forecast is generated by the Met Office Weather Widget

Potential hazards at this beach

Strong
currents
Tidal
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shelving

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 Wonwell Sands 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 Wonwell Sands 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

Rose and Crownunsustainable

Kingfisher Fish & ChipsSustainable

Langdon CourtSustainable

St Elizabeth Houseunsustainable

The Miners Arms Hemerdon Ltdunsustainable

Mussel InnSustainable

The Gallery Restaurantunsustainable

Churchills RestaurantSustainable

The BridgeSustainable

Thai in the ParkSustainable

Chandlers Bar & RestaurantSustainable

Lockyers QuaySustainable

Heaven Bar and Restaurantunsustainable

National Marine AquariumSustainable

Rockfish Seafood - PlymouthSustainable

DuttonsSustainable

The Boathouse CafeSustainable

The Terrace CafeSustainable

Plattersunsustainable

Glassblowing HouseSustainable

Shirley Valentines TavernaSustainable

Meze Bar and GrillSustainable

Dolphin House BrazzerieSustainable

The Village Restaurantunsustainable

The Navy InnSustainable

Barbican Fish BarSustainable

Harbourside Fish and ChipsSustainable

Seafood & Pasta Barunsustainable

BacaroSustainable

The ShipSustainable

The Vauxhall Quayunsustainable

Mediterraneanunsustainable

Rockys Restaurantunsustainable

B.E.D Cafe Bar RestaurantSustainable

Blues Bar and GrillSustainable

Bistro OneSustainable

Noodle Loungeunsustainable

GotoSustainable

HakkaSustainable

ZuzimoSustainable

Imperial Gardenunsustainable

Barbican KitchenSustainable

Arthouseunsustainable

Spice Wellunsustainable

YukisanSustainable

Restaurant 60 & the NotteSustainable

ArribasSustainable

The Mission Bar & Restaurantunsustainable

The ChancelSustainable

Tanners RestaurantSustainable

YO! Sushi - PlymouthSustainable

The TreasurySustainable

MaritimoSustainable

Morgans Italian Mediterraneanunsustainable

The Berkeley Bar and GrillSustainable

Chloes RestaurantSustainable

The BankSustainable

Positanounsustainable

Theatre Royal RestaurantSustainable

Lorenzosunsustainable

Lanterns Kebab and Steak Houseunsustainable

West Hoe Fish FryersSustainable

PerillasSustainable

The Steak and OmeletteSustainable

KoishiiSustainable

Aglio OlioSustainable

Steves Brasserieunsustainable

Click here to visit Fish2fork.

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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 Wonwell Sands beach

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Sarah Bate
on 15 Sep 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Jennifer Meza
on 10 Sep 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Justine Millard
on 10 Sep 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Karen Williams
on 18 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Oliver Couzens
on 17 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Rachel Dulai
on 17 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Vanessa Cloke
on 16 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Larrah Thompson
on 16 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by David Mccaffery
on 16 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by John Hepburn
on 16 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Jonathan Newman
on 16 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by J Bowra
on 15 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Tori Froud
on 14 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Rosie Barnfield
on 14 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Jeanette Harris
on 13 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Elsie Raine
on 10 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Jayne Laity
on 8 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Sophie Budge
on 31 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Charlotte Spence
on 30 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Jayne Bowra
on 29 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Chris Richards
on 28 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Hilary Figg
on 26 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Tori Froud
on 26 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Debbie Hodges
on 25 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Karen Williams
on 24 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Teresa Colley
on 24 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Angela Proctor
on 23 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Freyja Thomson
on 22 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Maria Ketteringham
on 21 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Karen Williams
on 20 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Jane Fincham
on 18 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Rachel Morley
on 17 Jul 2016

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