Defra report features Westcountry research on health benefits of being by the sea

Authored by Mary

Researchers at two leading Westcountry institutions have teamed up with Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) in a study that shows that spending time in marine and coastal environments has positive benefits on health and well-being.

The review, held in collaboration with Plymouth Marine Laboratory and the University of Exeter and funded by Defra and UK Research...

Coast and Country: Have your say about life in South Devon

Authored by Phillip Buchan

Rural and coastal communities, such as towns and villages across South Devon, face a number of unique problems that are often misunderstood by the politicians in London who set national policy. The results of recent local elections demonstrated that the deep divisions highlighted by the European referendum continue to exist, with clear voting differences and political deadlock between urban...

Coast and Country: Have your say

Rural and coastal communities face a number of unique problems that are often misunderstood by the politicians in London who set national policy. ‘Coast and Country: Have your Say’ is a free public meeting, giving you an opportunity to share your concerns about the challenges of living in rural and coastal South West Devon and beyond. Following your participation in themed discussions, our expert panel will hear and respond to the issues you raise. The panel includes politicians and researchers who are experienced in marine, coastal and rural policy.

The outcomes of the meeting...

Winners of four gold awards to attend Plymouth Pavilions Wedding Fayre

Authored by JSmith

Ocean Kave wedding venue offers a completely unique experience for those who want to indulge in a little slice of Devon’s coastline on their special day. Set in a secluded location in Westward Ho! within 60 acres of private headland and in an area of outstanding natural beauty. The unique and magical ‘Kave’ and outside gazebo available for wedding ceremonies have so much to offer and truly are...

Respect the Water: Coastal deaths hit five-year high

Authored by News Desk

The RNLI is warning people to Respect The Water as coastal deaths hit a five-year high.

168 people lost their lives at UK coasts in 2015, the highest figure for five years, according to coastal fatality figures1 released today by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

The RNLI’s UK lifeboat crews and lifeguards also saved 385 lives2 last year in near-fatal incidents...

Coastal access improvement plans welcomed

Authored by Mary

Work is set to commence on the Devon coastline as part of Natural England’s plans to create an England Coast Path, it has just been announced. The news is welcomed by the South

West Coast Path Association – the charity set up to represent everyone who loves the Coast Path, as it will see the implementation of new ‘coastal access’ legislation that will help to improve the route and...

Help save your coast

Authored by Mary

There’s nothing quite like a great British picnic by the sea. We all have fond childhood memories of days out at the seaside; that heady combination of sun, sand and sea along with a dollop of ice-cream sandy sandwiches and hours of endless fun.

What better way to celebrate 50 years of public support for protecting our precious coastline, than by attending one of the Big Beach Picnic’s...

Antibiotic risk for coastal water users

Authored by Mary

Recreational users of coastal waters such as swimmers and surfers are at risk of exposure to antibiotic resistant bacteria, according to new research published this week.

In the first study of its kind, scientists at the University of Exeter Medical School have assessed the amount of water ingested during different water sports, and combined this with water sampling data to estimate...