Welcome to Hartland Peninsula Marine Life

Celebrating the Marine Wildlife and Environment of Hartland Peninsula

Grey Seal

Grey Seal

Hartland Peninsula is part of the North Devon Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the North Devon UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. It includes the spectacular coastline of Hartland Quay as well as the historic fishing village of Clovelly and is host to an amazing marine habitat and maritime heritage stretching back generations & centuries. Just across the water is Lundy Island, the UK's first statutory Marine Nature Reserve.

Shaped by the wild seas around this coastline, the extensive rocky shore habitats and waters around the Peninsula are rich in marine and bird life. And its coastline is now included in a designated Marine Conservation Zone as of 2016.

Common Dolphin

Common Dolphin

Marine mammals in the area include grey seals, harbour porpoise and common dolphins. And if you are lucky you might even spot whales or basking sharks passing through. For those who look carefully our rocky shores are teeming with amazing marine creatures and our seabirds include Oystercatcher, Kittiwake and Manx Shearwater.  

We, at Hartland Peninsula Marine Life, want you to discover, explore and learn more about this very special coastline and marine area, which roughly stretches from Bucks Mills in the northeast to Sandymouth in the southwest.
 

 


Whether you’re planning to visit Hartland Peninsula on holiday, live in the local community or within a day trip of the area, or whether you enjoy marine life browsing our photo galleries from the comfort of your armchair, we want you to enjoy the wonders of Hartland Peninsula's inspiring coast and marine environment and help support the aims of our voluntary marine life project; to celebrate and conserve the marine wildlife and habitats around Hartland Peninsula for future generations.

See the Events Calendar for a quick view of what's going on...

Have fun, but RESPECT THE WATER... and remember
the SEASHORE CODE!

 


Gallery

View to Lundy Island from Hartland Quay . © Rupert Bedford

View to Lundy Island from Hartland Quay . © Rupert Bedford


Navigating our website...

Our What's On section highlights local, regional and national marine-related events. And our Quick View Calendar gives a quick view of events in a given month.

Harbour Porpoise

Harbour Porpoise

Our Things To Do section gives ideas on activities to discover, explore and learn about our local marine environment.

Our Wildlife section gives information on some of the local marine wildlife you are likely to find in the area.

Our Conservation section gives information on our marine conservation work and how you can get involved - including 'citizen science' surveys, campaigns and training courses.

And our Blog gives an update on latest news and issues.


Support sustainable fisheries

Small scale fisheries, like that of Clovelly, represent the most sustainable fisheries around the world, and their local fishermen are, by nature, often the most knowledgeable and effective marine conservationists we have. Please support them.

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support clovelly lifeboat

Our local lifeboat at Clovelly does incredible work in keeping us all safe whilst on the coast or at sea. Please support them.

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Hosting an event? Post it here free

Are you organising or hosting a local marine life/conservation event in or around Hartland Peninsula? Perhaps a beach clean, a rockpool ramble, a citizen science survey, a seawatch, an educational event or anything else. If so please do contact us with basic details (ie description, location, date, time, contacts) and we will be happy to post it on our What's On pages free of charge.


The coast is an exciting place to be - but it's easier than you think to get into trouble in the water. Stay safe with this essential advice from the RNLI - click on the logo above.

The coast is an exciting place to be - but it's easier than you think to get into trouble in the water. Stay safe with this essential advice from the RNLI - click on the logo above.