Finally it’s starting to feel like summer! We hope you’re enjoying the sun and spending time outdoors. BUT…we have an important message for you. Be safe near cliffs.

We have seen some worrying photos on social media accounts showing people dangerously close to cliff edges. Yes, it might make for an impressive photo, but is it really worth risking your life for a few likes? No.

Unstable Chalk

We aren’t even talking about the risk of you falling off the edge. There’s a hidden and serious danger – weather and sea constantly erode the chalk, and leave it unstable, crumbly, cracked and overhanging, which you can’t see when you’re walking on the top. This means that big chunks can fall off without warning, taking with them anyone standing on the edge. Being very near to the base of the cliff also puts you at risk of falls from above.

There were three large cliff falls late last summer at Birling Gap, Cuckmere Haven and Seaford Head, and several smaller ones too. Hot dry weather followed by rain can increase the risk.

Please enjoy our beautiful coast! But just be sensible.

  • Use common sense
  • Look at the signs and safety messages
  • Stay well away from the edges and bases of cliffs
  • Be aware of the tides

If you see anyone in danger or witness a fall, do not attempt to rescue them or put yourself at risk. Call 999 and ask for the coastguard.