Our nature reserves
Wembury Marine Centre
The reefs at Wembury are some of the best studied intertidal habitat in England. Their interest and accessibility was nearly their downfall; the pressure on the reefs from unregulated educational visits began to degrade the habitat. That’s when DWT got involved in what was at firstly purely a conservation exercise – the marine equivalent of stopping people picking daffodils at Dunsford.
Once the Visitor Centre was built and the partnership formed with South Hams District Council, Devon County Council and the National Trust, however, we moved from minimising the impact of visiting groups to offering opportunities to the general public, with Rockpool Rambles becoming a regular favourite.
Nowadays, Wembury has 20,000 people a year visiting the Centre and many hundreds getting involved in one of its activities.
Since 2010 both South West Water and Holiday Cottages have provided funding for the Centre. In 2011 the Centre was also funded by Wembury Parish Council.
Check out South West Water's 'Beach Live' site - the South West's live bathing water quality information system.
Wembury Marine Centre is open throughout the summer months (from around April through to September).