Safety on the Severn

Safety on the Severn

Activities undertaken around the estuary and its coastline need to ensure they are sympathetic to the needs of wildlife, especially the thousands of wintering birds that visit every year. Our estuary is particularly popular for recreational activities and so your actions really can make a difference!

Tide Times

Check the tide times and weather forecast before you visit the coast.


Keep safe on the foreshore, taking care of slippery rocks and the mudflats – the risk of getting stuck is real!

Tidal Ranges

The Severn has one of the highest tidal ranges in the world – remember how quickly the tide moves and changes – up to 1 metre in little more than 20 minutes on some tides.

Suitable Clothing

Wear suitable clothing and footwear, it can be muddy – check the welly meter for each site!

Mobile Phone

Always bring a charged mobile phone and let friends or family know where you are and when you are likely to return home.


The estuary is a home for wildlife – take care not to disturb feeding, breeding and resting birds.


Stay on the footpaths where possible – help to protect the mudflats and saltmarsh that support wildlife.


Help to keep the coast enjoyable for all and take all litter home with you.

Litter Picking Groups

Find out how you can help keep your local beaches, estuaries and bathing waters clean for everyone to enjoy.

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