NEKMPA Coastal Wardens

The volunteer Coastal Warden/Guardian Scheme enables people (over 18) to 'adopt' their local bay or stretch of coast along the North East Kent Marine Protected Area (NEKMPA), and help safeguard the coastal environment - including its designated marine and bird life - for future generations. Volunteers receive free training and omce cpmpleted become the ‘eyes and ears’ of their chosen bay.

Become a Coastal Warden/Guardian

Free training is available for volunteers to become more knowledgeable about their coastline - specifically looking out for local wildlife, monitoring for coastal activities and reporting incidents, along with further opportunities for further practical or educational work around the NEKMPA.

Wardens/Guardians help by surveying activities in their patch once a month to help inform future management of the NEKMPA, after which volunteers can get involved with much or as little as they choose.   More information: download the Become a Warden leaflet (pdf 193kb)

In 2017, the Guardians of the Deep partnership project with support from the HLF, have launched a new 3-year initiative. One of the themes is to develop and extend the volunteer Coastal Guardians/Wardens scheme further around the Kent coast - including around the Seasalter-Whitstable-Herne Bay-Reculver coastline, as well as from Sandwich Bay to Deal pier in the NEKMPA area.

How to register

If you would like to volunteer your time please complete the Volunteer Registration Form (PDF, 230KB) to register your interest and details, and email to us at:

New introductory courses for volunteers are run at least twice, a year - generally in April/May & October (but we may be able to have another in between!)


Thanet Coastal Wardens - what they get up to!

This short video will give you an insight into what Coastal Wardens have got up to in the past - shown as part of the Annual Forum in 2008!)


Thanet Coast (NEKMPA)

c/o Thanet District Council,

PO Box 9, Cecil Street, Margate, Kent CT9 1XZ
United Kingdom



Tony Child

Thanet Coast (NE Kent Marine Protected Area) Officer

Telephone: +44 (0) 1843 577672

(based in Manston Road Depot)