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...

Friday 20th October:

BeachCare clean.

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

Wednesday 25th October:

Talk: The National Trust as Trevose Head.

Find out what the National Trust are doing at Trevose Head near Padstow.

Wednesday 15th November:

BeachCare clean.

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

Friday 16th December:

BeachCare clean.

Join Polzeath BeachCare team on their last beach clean of 2017 and celebrate with mulled wine and mince pies...

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: 16/10/17.

Lobster release 19th October...

Come and join us. Private Lobster Release. Organised by Atlantic Divers of Newquay. When: 19/10, Time: 4pm to 6pm. Leaving from: Padstow harbour. Refreshments guaranteed, but harbour porpoises not guaranteed! £20 adults, £17 children. See how the babies are launched into the wild!! Contact us via email for more information...

BeachCare South West news:



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.

In fact, what’s incredible is that they are shipped over 11,000 miles to last for one surf, before being buried over here in our South West landfill sites. This cost is picked-up by the taxpayer.

This summer, we will be collecting the boards again. We have 3 beaches that will be collecting over the summer season. We expect to have a larger pile than last year. We will be running 2 media events to highlight the issue on the back of last years feature’s In The Times, Daily Mail and TV Coverage.

We hope it will create quite a spectacle. Watch this space.

We want to continue our awareness campaign. We have produced some posters and information leaflets, for surf shops and other outlets to inform their customers of the problem. We want people to talk to the experts and purchase a quality board that lasts!  Alongside this there are many places where you can hire a superior body board instead of a cheap one that’s destined for landfill.

10 summers rather than 10 minutes…right?  Yes, we thought you’d agree.

Recycling the boards has been a real headache for us. Last year all of the boards went for re-use at Bristol Children’s Scrapstore but this year we are looking for lots of other suggestions. We have contacted Polystyrene recyclers in the South West and they cannot recycle them due to salt & sand contamination L. Destination landfill – we hope not… but it is a reality.


Spread the message on Instagram, Facebook and twitter.


We want pictures of broken boards on the beach, bodyboarding photos, stories of quality boards that have lasted for many years. Please follow us…share our posts (& we’ll share yours!)

We have a website with more information and updates.


 Get in-Touch!

This campaign is powered by the BeachCare programme. We have completed over 900 beach cleans in the last 6 years and removed 132 tonnes of plastic from Devon & Cornwall’s beaches.



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:


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


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

Event Photos - Arts and Crafts....

This year’s photos of the creations made, have been uploaded..

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