11 September 2020
Every September a beach clean is organised by the Port of Dover and the local organisation, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership.
Shakespeare Beach is on the Dover- Folkestone Heritage Coast and formed mainly of vegetated shingle.
This year, 74 volunteers from Dover and the surrounding areas completed the beach clean and collected 38.5 bags (144kg) of rubbish. Vegetated shingle has been identified as an important habitat within the port, not only due to its national scarcity (a UK priority habitat subject to a habitat Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP)) but also due to its importance to red listed birds and insects. In an active response to the 2008 survey findings, the Port of Dover has developed the Dover seafront wildlife area, planted beds providing enhanced opportunities for vegetated shingle habitat to complement the naturally occurring shingle vegetation on Dover and Shakespeare Beaches.
This year, the Port has produced informative sea front signage to be placed in the beds to promote the awareness of the habitat to the local people.