More info:

email: polzeathmc@gmail.com

or visit our Facebook page for more information and updates on events.

Website thanks to:

Jane Pickles, Adrian Langdon, Bryan Bartlett, Mike & Tom - National Trust, Sarah Stevens, Jo, James Burke, Faye, Steve, Abby, Henry Cavender, Matt Slater, Eva, Coral Smith, Neil, Sue (www.cornwallsealgroup.co.uk), Hana Backland, Rosie Ellis, Sarah Millward, Derek Julian, Nikki Clear, Mat Arney, Hollie Windust, George Stoy, Megan Ross, Mike Player, Annabelle Lowe and Haley for allowing their photos to be used on this site.

And to Mike - National Trust, Nick Pickles, Steve, Abby, Jo, Sue (www.cornwallsealgroup.co.uk), Bryan Bartlett, Tina, Matt Slater, Kathy, Di, Laura Workman, Sarah Millward, Jane Wiltshire, Claire Wallerstein, Sarah Stevens, Chrissy Robertson, Sandra Pye-Coombs and Haley for providing information.


Welcome to Polzeath Marine Conservation group website.

Upcoming events:

Check out our ‘events calendar’ page for more information...

Tuesday 30th May:

Rockpool Ramble!

Join marine experts, Polzeath volunteers, and National Trust rangers on one of our famous explorations of the shore! Booking essential.

Thursday 1st June:

Marine Discovery Day.

Come and celebrate our seas in Polzeath, learn fun and fascinating facts about our amazing marine life; create beach sculptures, take part in an arts/crafts animation, learn to save dolphins with marine life rescue experts and much, much more.

Tuesday 13th June:

Easy Access Rockpool Ramble!

For those finding the usual rambles a challenge, this rockpool discovery event will be easily accessible for all ages and abilities. Booking essential.

Friday 16th June:

BeachCare Clean.

Join Polzeath BeachCare team out on the beach for the monthly clean and survey. All cleaning equipment provided.

Wednesday 19th July:

BeachCare Clean.

Join Polzeath BeachCare team out on the beach for the monthly clean and survey. All cleaning equipment provided.

Wednesday 26th July:

Get Craft!.

Marine themed arts and crafts! From strandline creations to rockpool wonders, everyone can enjoy getting elbow deep in recycled craft creations.

Thursday 27th July:

Rockpool Ramble!

Join marine experts, Polzeath volunteers, and National Trust rangers on one of our famous explorations of the shore! Booking essential.

Within this site you will find information about the work we do as a group with the Polzeath Voluntary Marine Conservation Area and the wider political issues related to marine conservation; alongside information about the events we run throughout the year and images of the creatures you may find on a rock pool ramble.


Updated: 20/05/17.


Polzeath Marine Conservation Group (PMCG) 

bags £5000 from carrier bag charge fund

PMCG is delighted to announce it has bagged £5000 from a Tesco funding scheme.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help funding initiative, which sees grants of up to £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to thousands of local community projects every year.

Millions of shoppers voted in stores up and down the country. And it can now be revealed PMCG has been awarded £5000.

Work will now begin on bringing the project to life. This will include:; boat surveys in collaboration with Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust www.cornwallsealgroup.co.uk and Atlantic Divers www.atlanticdiver.co.uk , interactive centre equipment and the continuation of our fantastic programme of events. 

Vickie Toland - Chair of the PMCG said

" this is a wonderful opportunity for the conservation group. We are thrilled to have been awarded the top prize and hope to improve and extend our already fantastic work within Polzeath. Thank you to everyone who voted for us"

Lindsey Crompton, Tesco’s Head of Community, said:

“Bags of Help has been a fantastic success. We’ve been overwhelmed by the response from our customers. The great thing about Bags of Help is that local people are invited to decide how the money will be spent in their community. We can’t wait to see the projects come to life.”

Voting ran in stores throughout February with customers choosing which local project they would like to get the top award using a token given to them at the check-out.

For more information contact the Tesco Press Office on 01707 918 701

Tesco is a team of 480,000 colleagues, in 11 markets around the world. We are dedicated to serving shoppers a little better every day.

Since launching in 2015, Bags of Help has awarded more than £28.5 million across more than 4,000 local projects.

Tesco customers will get the chance to vote for three different groups each time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Bags of Help criteria have recently been extended to include any project that benefits the community. Previously the scheme funded outdoor projects only.

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:

“Bags of Help continues to fund thousands of projects across the UK. We want to ensure that the money raised benefits as many local people in as many different places as possible so we’ve extended the range of groups and projects that we can support.

“The scale and variety of activities supported by Bags of Helps shows what can be achieved when communities are given the support and the encouragement they need to make change happen in their local area.”

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp

Issued by Polzeath Marine Conservation Group


Bags of Help is supported by money from the five pence charge levied on single-use carrier bags.

So far Bags of Help has awarded over £28.5 million to more than 4,000 local community projects. For more information please visit: http://www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp

PMCG AGM and Annual Report 2016:

Photographic evidence of our AGM:

Below is our PMCG Annual Report 2016 - click on the image for a downloadable pdf....

A new page dedicated to all the reports that we think you might wish to read has been added to the website! Including our AGM reports, and POLPIP reports.

2017 PMCG Events Programme Leaflet:

The ‘Events Calendar’ page has been updated with all our 2017 events... click on the below images for a pdf version of our leaflet.

Water Bottles..

We at Polzeath Marine Centre HQ are thrilled skinny to now let you know about our new fab fundraising initiative.

Thanks to funding from Keep Britain Tidy we have been donated an initial 100 logo'd bottles to sell at £7 each. The idea is that we help reduce the use of plastic bottles and people who buy one can refill with water for free, if they choose to, from participating outlets in and around Polzeath. The Tubestation and the Lifeguard Hut have so far joined up :)

While Polzeath’s beaches are among the cleanest in Cornwall, single use plastic bottles present us with the same problems they do everywhere.

Around 10 billion plastic bottles are discarded each year in the UK, with some of them ending up in our rivers, streams, waterways and, ultimately, the sea. Some of those may end up

in the marine environment or washing up on our beaches.

Anyone buying and reusing one of our water bottles will help keep Polzeath’s beaches litter free. They will also help to keep our lanes lorry free too. That’s important because they pump out carbon into our clear Cornish air and help to clog up our country lanes.

EVERY PENNY from the sale of the first 100 bottles will go towards the running of Polzeath Marine Centre.

So if you fancy one of these fantastic bottles  - get in touch or pop down to the centre to get yours before we run out.

MCS Good Fish Guide.

Go to http://www.goodfishguide.org/ to download the new guide and the app for your phone. The list update includes changes to ratings for haddock, squid, scampi and tuna.

Website updates:

Marine Conservation pages...

Nurdles has had a mini update with the Winter Hunt report link, and a new page dedicated to Marine Strandings has been added.

Events Calendar page...

Rock pool rambles photos...


This is always updated whenever I do a website update... but this update has included quite a few...

Click on the above to view Chrissy’s video about the PMCG.