Walk the entire Welsh coastline
Group of friends having a drink on terrace overlooking beach
Ty Newydd Hotel
Lleyn Peninsula
Towns And Villages

The Wales Coast Path is the first in the world to encompass a country’s entire coastline. It connects local communities to their beautiful and diverse coast and it supports several thousands of businesses.

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Author: Wales Coast Path

Location: Wales

Community-led marine conservation

A community marine conservation organisation in the Firth of Clyde in Scotland is leading the way in promoting better protection of the marine environment to the benefit of people and the economy.

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Author: COAST (Community of Arran Seabed Trust)

Location: Isle of Arran, Firth of Clyde, Scotland

Loving the beach
Venus Company

The Venus Company aims to balance its customers’ needs with environmental and social considerations. The six Venus cafés and shops at beaches and locations in Devon and Cornwall support 30 jobs.

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Author: The Venus Company

Location: South West England

Coastal adaptation at Birling Gap
Birling Gap, The National Trust

To tackle the challenge of coastal erosion, the property team at Birling Gap decided to work as much as possible with nature and not against it, in order to maintain a local attraction that receives around 350,000 visitors a year.

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Author: The National Trust

Location: Birling Gap, East Sussex, South East England

Restoring habitats to increase resilience
Photo by Peter Holmes

The Medmerry Realignment Scheme in West Sussex is an innovative coastal defence saving £300,000 in taxpayers’ money each year and enabling year-round business opportunities.

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Author: New Economics Foundation

Location: West Sussex, South East England

The South West Coast Path
"SWCP Minehead start" by Geof Sheppard - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

The South West Coast Path is used all year round by walkers, who contribute millions of pounds into shops and businesses in the region supporting almost 10,000 local jobs.

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Author: The South West Coast Path team

Location: South West England

Footprints in the sand
Thanet Coast Project

The Thanet Coast Project reconnected people from deprived areas of Kent with their coast, increasing their knowledge of local cultural heritage, helping address health inequalities and developing conservation skills.

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Author: Thanet Coast Project

Location: Thanet, Kent, South East England

The coast as an educational resource
Sea class

Learn to Sea is an award-winning marine education facility in South Devon, run by the marine biologist Maya Plass, which uses the coast as an educational resource.

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Author: Maya Plass

Location: South Devon, South West England

Eco-tourism in the Isle of Mull
Isle of Mull, Eagle by Jacob Spinks, Flickr

The Isle of Mull’s diverse wildlife, including iconic Scottish species like puffins and basking sharks, support a lot of the local industry and jobs. Wildlife tourism supports at least 110 jobs and £1.4 million of local income.

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Author: New Economics Foundation

Location: Inner Hebrides, Scotland

Coastal centre at Waterfoot
Coastal centre at Waterfoot Beach by Jude Byrne

Moyle District Council is using a £186,560 grant from the government’s Coastal Communities Fund to create a new coastal centre in Waterfoot Beach to celebrate the Sea of Moyle on the Causeway Coastal Route.

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Author: Moyle District Council

Location: County Antrim, Northern Ireland