Between 2017 and 2020, the Guardians of the Deep project trained 415 Coastal Guardians to be the eyes and ears of the Kent coast, and the number continues to grow. 

There has been a tremendous response from people wanting to help and be involved. Hundreds of wildlife sightings have been received, and countless activities have been carried out to improve our coastline, including beach cleans, highlighting missing lifebuoys and reporting illegal fishing activities to the Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority. Some Guardians have simply shared the enjoyments they've been deriving from the coast.

You can still help

If you are a regular visitor to the Kent coastline, or are looking for a good reason to visit the coast more often, you can help make a big difference to Kent's marine wildlife.

Coastal Guardians can help in a variety of ways, from recording and reporting wildlife sightings, taking part in beach cleans or other seaside activities, to reporting injured or stranded mammals, pollution incidents or illegal activities, enabling the relevant authorities to take action.

Don’t worry if you think you don’t know enough about coastal and marine wildlife. New Guardians are given full training, learning how to recognise illegal or potentially damaging activities and how to report the key information to the relevant people. Other training builds skills in identifying coastal birds and other animals and plants.

Coastal Guardians stay in contact with one another using a special Facebook group. We are always looking for individuals and groups to join the growing network of Coastal Guardians. All we ask is that you spend a minimum of two hours a month helping in any of these ways and being the eyes and ears that are needed to protect wildlife on the coast.

If you enjoy being on the beach or at the coast, and want to get more involved with your local area, becoming a Coastal Guardian is the role for you.

The Project partners continue to train Coastal Guardian volunteers. Please get in touch with the relevant area representative using the contact details below:

For the Swale and Medway area
(from Hoo to Seasalter), contact:
Belinda Lamb, Project officer, Medway and Swale Estuary Partnership
Tel: 07909 200915

For the north east Kent area
(from Seasalter to Deal), contact:
Tony Child, Thanet Coast Project
Tel: 01843 577672

For the south Kent area
(from Deal to Romney Marsh), contact:
Kent Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01622 662012

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