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Your Seas Your Voice - the campaign to safeguard our seas

The success of our campaigns for UK and Scottish Marine Acts means that the creation of a network of
Marine Protected Areas in UK seas is now possible. There has never been a better time to safeguard our seas.

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News

Join our campaign to be a natural scrubber

Today, along with Fauna and Flora international, we want you to join our campaign waging war on the microbead. Pledge to stop using face scrubs, shower gels and toothpastes that contain hundreds of plastic bits – microbeads are turning our seas into a plastic soup.

Save Our Waters

Have your say on how watercourses will be managed in England and Wales in years to come.

Increasing numbers of barrel jellies spotted

A number of barrel jellyfish sightings have been reported to MCS in the last few days. Although harmless to humans the message remains - look but don't touch, just report them!  

Record number of UK bathing beaches have excellent water quality

The latest MCS Good Beach Guide has recommended 538 UK bathing beaches for their excellent water quality - 135 more than the previous year. Just 14 beaches failed to reach minimum water quality standards.

 

Disgusting tide of litter threatens UK beaches

Our latest Beachwatch report reveals the highest number of litter items per kilometre surveyed in the project's 20 year history. Welsh and North West beaches are worst, whilst Scotland and the South West are below the national average.

Explore the shore after the storms

Find out what has been washing up. And when the weather is calmer, and you have a chance to safely get out on the beach - here are some things you can do.

Changing winds on land and sea

Government set to cut support for onshore wind and solar energy, but give more backing to offshore wind power. Good news as long as habitat and widlife impacts minimised says MCS

English single use carrier bag consultaton now open

The Government will introduce a 5p charge on single use carrier bags in October 2015. However, the devil may end up being in the detail > so now is your chance to have your say

No excuse to make bad fish choices as MCS app launched on Android

Pollock or pilchards, seabass or salmon tonight? MCS seafood app now on Android and supported by Waitrose. Help in the palm for consumers confused about which fish to eat. >> More

International microbead App launched

New App scans barcodes to alert shoppers to plastic content of personal care products as 'Beat the Microbead' goes global. >> More 

No reason for delay on carrier bag charge

Is the single-use bag charge for England already watered down by a delay until 2015 and only in stores that employ more than 250 people? >> More

Countdown to Beachwatch Big Weekend

We're getting ready for the 20th Beachwatch Big Weekend on 20th - 23rd September. It's not too late to join in either as a beach host or volunteer cleaner, so register NOW! >> More

Hot weather brings jellyfish blooms to UK

After a slow start to jelly spotting season, moon, compass, blue and Lion's Mane jellies are in seas near you. >> More

Attention Beachwatch organisers

Running a Beachwatch Big Weekend event this autumn? Join us on a workshop day in Southampton! >> More

Good Beach Guide recommended

Good Beach Guide has been named as 'the prime resource for finding a beach in the UK with clean water to swim in' by the Daily Mail. You can read the full story here

Clean your favourite beach for global marine movement

News Item imageHelp make the 20th Beachwatch Big Weekend the biggest yet - it takes just a couple hours to clean up! >>More  

Last year`s wet summer was bad news for beaches

News Item imageMCS publishes latest Good Beach Guide revealing drop in 'Recomended' beaches after summer washout >> More

Register now: Big Beach Clean-up 2013

This year's Big Beach Clean-up with M&S is taking place between 22nd-28th April. Join the fight against marine litter - find out how you can take part here >> More

Meet Kat Skater, the 'not so common' skate

MCS is introducing a range of comedic characters to highlight the serious need for 127 Marine Conservation Zones in English seas. >> More

Government scores poorly on tackling drought risk

News Item imageNGOs produce report on water company successes and how we feel they should invest in the future. Read more >>

Dirty water mustn't sink Blackpool says MCS

News Item imageMCS will tell conference on poor bathing water quality in NW that community holds answer to 'Blue Flag Blackpool' >> More    

Stinging Portuguese Man of War wash up on UK shores

News Item imageSightings in Cornwall, Pembrokeshire and Northern Ireland could herald arrival of more creatures on Atlantic currents >>More    

Standby for jellyfish swarms

News Item imageThere's been a slow start to jelly spotting season but numbers are increasing as temperatures hot up >> More

Sign up to break England's bag habit

News Item imageMCS teams up with other NGOs in the 'Break the Bag Habit' campaign to charge for single use carrier bags >>More

Beachwatch goes subaqua!

News Item imageDivers and snorkelers will find out just how much litter lies beneath the waves More >>

Water quality advice in your palm

News Item imageMCS water quality advice is now available on a new RNLI Beaches app >> More  

Big Sea Swim

  

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Congratulations Big Sea Swimmers! See the results and photos from the day here  

Hang on to your tackle in Pembrokeshire

News Item imageNew MCS angling litter campaign launched at Pembrokeshire Fish Week as bins installed at hotspots>>More  

Crawfish sightings are evidence that protection works

News Item imageMCS Seasearch divers have seen crawfish and sea fan recovery in England's only no take zone >>More

Celebrate safely this summer for animals` sake

News Item imageCharities team up to warn about the dangers of fireworks, balloons and sky lanterns ahead of the Jubilee and Olympics. More >>

Big Sea Swim 30th June

News Item imageExperience a wild swim in the wonderful waters off Eastbourne and join MCS for our first ever Big Sea Swim on Saturday 30th June. >> More

Call to cut marine litter by half

News Item image MCS and partners call on European countries to set a 50% litter reduction target when EU states finalise plans for 2020 >> More

Plastic wrapped poo is threat to beach cleanliness

News Item imageThe MCS Beachwatch Big Weekend Report launched today reveals a rise in poop scoop bags on beaches >> More

Make your online shop count for MCS

News Item imageAre you an online shopper at Waitrose? If so, choose MCS as your charity at the checkout & we will receive a donation! >> More

MCS calms fears of St Mawes sailors

MCS has met with Cornish sailors to discuss Falmouth port development and impact on maerl beds >>More

Portugese Man o War washes up in Cornwall

News Item imageOnly the third reported sighting to MCS of one of these powerful stingers this year >> More

Forum wants your thoughts on pollution warnings

News Item imageSpotted warnings about pollution on the beach? The Cleaner Seas Forum wants to know what you thought  >>More  

RNLI fun days coming your way

News Item imageSt Agnes, Bude, Sandbanks, Cardiff and Leogoland are all venues where you can meet the RNLI >>More

Hairy crabs and rampant limpets invade UK shores

News Item imageHelp spot non-native marine immigrants competing for space with our indigenous species >>More

Bumper jellyfish blooms set to arrive in UK seas

Warmer waters mean jellyfish numbers are on the rise. Jellies indicate the state of our seas and we need spotters around the UK >> More

Jellies close nuclear power plant

MCS reveal the secret lives of jellyfish as bloom forces closure of the Torness nuclear power station in Scotland >>More

Good Beach Guide findings result in historic summit

MCS delighted as key players in coastal pollution join forces to tackle Northern Ireland's failing beaches >> More

Spotting season gets under way

Basking sharks have come early with sightings from Cornwall to Scotland. Get spotting and reporting here >>More   

Good Beach Guide 2011 launched today

461 bathing beaches Recommended for excellent water quality.  New guide also features safety tips

Beaches like bathrooms says MCS report

Brits rubbish habits are going down the pan as MCS urges bag it, bin it, don't flush in the latest Beachwatch report >> More

Defra start bathing beaches review

Love being in the sea? Designated bathing beaches are being reviewed from now until September >> More   

New beach profiles welcomed by MCS

New website supports MCS campaign for mapping and monitoring of discharge pipes on beaches >> More 

Book your summer holiday and boost MCS funds!

Book a holiday with Helpful Holidays and 10 pounds will be donated to MCS! >> More

Good Beach Guide user wins holiday

Lancashire GBG site user wins a week in the West Country after filling in our website user survey >> More    

The Sea and Me - a special relationship

We know you love the sea and have great memories of your time by it and in it. Share your best times here >> More    

Help us improve and win a holiday !

Tell us what you think about the Good Beach Guide website and you could win a holiday in the South West >> More 

Take a walk on the wild side

Make a move this festive period and discover a winter wonderland on the sea shore >> More   

MCS tops 10,000 votes for marine protection

Your Seas Your Voice website has hit 10,000 votes in less than a year. Tell us where you want  to see protected now! >> More

Thousands get involved over Beachwatch weekend

Thousands of people helped MCS clean up UK beaches over the Beachwatch Big Weekend. THANKS TO YOU ALL!

Help MCS make Beachwatch 2010 the biggest ever

Beachwatch Big Weekend 2010 takes place in September and MCS hopes more people than ever will clean up >> More  

Keep safe with the RNLI

Good Beach Guide sponsors, the RNLI are holding beach safety events  this summer. Check out your nearest one >> More    

Strange creature off Paignton

We've been sent this image taken near Paignton. What is it? Bigger than a sealion, reptile-like head, long neck. Join our Facebook debate to try and identify it >> More       

Leaping sharks launch basking season

Basking sharks as big as buses have been spotted leaping out of the water off UK coasts. Report your sightings here >> More    

Cycling UK to highlight sewage pollution

Caroline Wakefield died in 1957 after a swim in polluted seawater. Brother Chris is cycling to raise cash for MCS >>More       

Return of the Leatherbacks

Massive Leatherback turtles have been spotted off UK beaches. Tell MCS when you see a turtle off the coast. Report here >> More 

UK Beaches better than last year

MCS Good Beach Guide 2010 says 421 of  the UK's 769 bathing beaches have excellent water quality...

Sewage puts beachgoers at risk

MCS urges beachgoers to report sewage overflow pipes and help stop beach pollution... more

Read All About It...

Download the Good Beach Guide report to find out how we recommend our beaches... more

MCS Good Beach Guide making waves

MCS Good Beach Guide has received major media coverage including ITV' s 'Tonight'



 

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