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, Bill Bartlett, Jocelyn Murgatroyd 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...

Saturday 10th March:

Polzeath Beach Mega Spring Clean.

Help BeachCare, National Trust and PMCG volunteers to clean the stunning beaches at Polzeath. All equipment provided.

Wednesday 4th April:

Rockpool Ramble!

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

Thursday 5th April:

Dolphin Dizzy.

Join Cornwall Wildlife Trust Wildlife Watch for an afternoon of learning about dolphins along our coast and how we rescue them.

Wednesday 11th April:

Sandcastle competition.

Create a stunning sandcastle or sculpture. 3 different categories, Under 7s only, under 13s only or family groups.

Saturday 18th April:

BeachCare beach clean.

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

Saturday 19th May:

BeachCare beach clean.

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

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: 27/02/18.

BeachCare South West news:

(Including update...)



The battle against cheap and nasty bodyboards starts here!

In August 2016, we collected 600 broken, snapped & smashed cheap bodyboards, from just 3 beaches in the South West. These sub-standard boards were spilling polystyrene onto our beaches, littering our sand dunes and being stuffed into bins. Our collection was just an insight into a mountainous problem.

We estimate that over 14,000 of the cheap & nasty boards are heading to our South West landfills every summer holiday. That’s just in the 6 weeks of summer! These boards are not fit-for-purpose. They don’t last….at all.

UPDATE: September 2017.

Wave of Waste collected 560 polystyrene body boards from 3 beaches over the 2017 summer season. 100 of the fabric covers were transformed by designer Dr Linda Thomas into  a colourful dress with a 22 metre (72 feet) train. BBC Body board dress - this link takes you to the BBC’s coverage including photographs.

Some of the other boards collected went to Children’s Scrapstore in Bristol, and others to be used as insulation, but Keep Briatin Tidy have not been able to find a company willing to to re-process salt and sand contaminated polystyrene.



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.

2018 PMCG Events Programme Leaflet:

The ‘Events Calendar’ page has been updated with all our 2018 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:

Events calendar...

Now updated with all planned 2018 events..


This is always updated whenever I do a website update...

New page...

We have a new page about ReFill and our plans for a water refill station at Polzeath..


A 2017 newsletter updating you all on what we have been doing this year has been added to the newsletters page.


The website as a whole might be undergoing a revamp, in order that more volunteers are able to maintain the site  - more details to follow.

Do you want some info on the new Shark sculpture?

Well it was made entirely from marine litter found on Baby Bay, Polzeath and Greenaways. Apart from the bits of wood that were sourced from National Trust, and the wire that was our old chicken fence. It took approx 8-10 hours to source and construct and is approx 9ft in length. I wanted to make it to highlight the amount of marine litter washed up on our beaches, including ghost fishing gear such as the nets, rope and lobster pots. 

Thanks to all those who helped, including all the collectors, Nick and the Polzeath Beach Care team, the National Trust team from Pentire, Mark and Louis for help with the fins, and Vickie and Hugh for helping to get Shark in place.

Laura, PMCG and Polzeath BeachCare Volunteer.