As a dog owner

If you’re walking your dog on the beach or promenade please make sure you bag and bin your dog poo as even though the sea may wash it away, it’s not okay!

Dog poo in the sea is unpleasant and potentially harmful for people wanting to swim and paddle there. Additionally bacteria can cause the sea water to fail water quality testing.

Please do your bit for beaches by bagging and binning your dog poo and make the beach safe for everyone to enjoy.

Follow the simple tips here and let us know if there are other ways we can stop dog mess ending up in the sea.

You don’t have to live by the sea to make a difference!

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Always pick up your dog's mess and put it in the bin - any bin will do!

Carry extra dog poo bags with you to give to other owners who might need one.

Observe dog exclusion zones, especially between May and September.

Never bury dog poo in the sand thinking it will harmlessly wash away. It won’t.

Report people you see not picking up after their dog poo to the local council.

More information about what I can do

Beaches are beautiful places for people and dogs to enjoy. We don’t want to stop that. But we’re campaigning to improve the quality of our beaches and seas in the North West. Dog poo on the beach and in the water affects water quality. If left on pavements inland it can also be washed into the sea during heavy rain. So please join us in being responsible dog owners and helping others to see why we all want to be proud of our beaches.