People who like to go walking
along coastal paths may be interested in a new campaign urging the government to do more to protect Britain's shorelines.
Bodies including the National Trust and the Campaign to Protect Rural England have joined forces to call for the sort of legal protection afforded to rural areas inland over the past 60 years to be similarly given to coasts.
Coast and marine adviser at the National Trust Phil Dyke said: "As an island nation it does seem strange that it's taken us more than six decades to start thinking about how we protect our seascapes, these wonderful yet fragile places that mean so much to people."
The calls are contained in the UK Marine Policy Statement.
One recent coastal development many walkers will have been pleased by was the publication by Natural England of the blueprint for the first section of the English Coastal Path last month.
It covers a 30-mile section in Dorset between Lulworth and Portland, including Weymouth Bay, where next year's Olympic sailing events will take place.