Nudism in the UK is growing and many people are using suitable beaches
or enjoying naked rambles with little regard to
The growing consensus of opinion amongst those with an interest in
Nudists' Legal Rights is that the only risk
these 'new-age' nudists run is from a member of the public so 'harassed, alarmed or distressed'
they become determined
to invoke the 1986 Public Order Act.
Police patrolling Studland give mixed messages. Some
tell nudists that enforcing the National Trust boundary is no
business for them. Others, noticeably those under the pay of the National Trust and some officers
from Swanage, have threatened nudists with arrest.
The Crown Prosecution service for
Bournemouth recently provided SUN with
five laws that the police could use to control nudists and arrest sex
offenders. We've now consulted on these
laws and updated these pages.
In the current climate of mixed police messages the SUN Board has made a minor change to the
pilot Nudists Rights Card issued to members in 2004. Read our latest
advice and learn more about your legal rights in the following pages:
SUN Nudists' Rights Card (Pilot & Update)
Five laws the police could use against nudists
Your rights when dealing with the police
What to do if challenged by a National Trust warden
Nudist Legal Rights FAQ
SUN's Legal Fund: Ready to support YOU in 2005