NEKMPA Coastal Wardens

The volunteer Coastal Warden 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

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

How to register

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

New introductory courses for volunteers are run once, or twice, a year - generally in April/May & October.


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)