About Ainsdale

Ainsdale is a resort beach located on the Sefton coastline situated between Southport and Formby. The beach has a constant large expanse of sand visible and is very shallow in profile. Immediately behind the beach are the sand dunes with a holiday park and boating lake behind them.

Between the 1st May and 30th September dogs are banned 200m either side of the main beach entrance and to the tide line.

What we’re doing to improve bathing water quality…

The Environment Agency has worked closely with United Utilities to improve the sewerage infrastructure around Ainsdale. Southport Sewage Treatment Works have been upgraded to take the flows from four storm overflows discharging to the sea, to provide improved storm sewage treatment and disinfection.

Working with the local authority, we have investigated the impact of contaminated surface water outfalls and the drainage system of a holiday park near Ainsdale bathing water and actions are now being undertaken to resolve the issues.

The Environment Agency is also contributing to a research project, Cloud 2 Coast, to understand the catchments by the River Ribble which impact on bathing water quality.


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Think before you flush…

To avoid blockages and overflows, please put disposable products such as wet wipes, cotton buds and sanitary items in the bin, not down the toilet. Remember our simple rule to only flush the 3 Ps: Pee, Poo and Paper. Nothing else should go down the loo - even if it says ‘flushable’ on the packaging!

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Think before you pour…

Don’t pour kitchen fats, oils and grease down the sink as they can cause sewer blockages, which can overflow into homes, seas, rivers and lakes. And road drains often lead straight into our rivers and seas. Please only pour things down the drain that you would like to swim in!

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Check your drains - it’s easier than it sounds…

Check your home or business is connected to the right drainage system. Wrongly connected plumbing could mean dirty water from toilets, dishwashers and showers going directly into your local river, lake or sea. Visit www.connectright.org for more information.

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Pick up your dog’s poo and bin it…

When you’re out walking your dog, please help by picking up your dog’s poo and putting it in a bin. Please check signs and only walk your dog in designated dog-friendly areas to help protect water quality and beaches. You may be fined if you don’t remove your dog’s poo.

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Check your septic tank…

If your property is connected to a septic tank, cess pit or package sewage treatment plant, please check it’s working correctly and keep it maintained. Faulty or poorly maintained systems can cause serious pollution problems.

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Catch your rainwater…

Use a water butt to collect rain water for your garden and help reduce the amount of water running into surface water drains or sewers.

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Put litter in the bin…

Especially food waste as it encourages birds and their poo can affect water quality. Broken bottles and cans can be dangerous for children and wildlife so please take them with you off the beach, or better still, put them in a recycling bin!

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Come along to a beach clean…

There are many active local groups organising beach cleans. Head to 'Events' to find out when the next event is, and if you can’t find one we can help you set up a new LOVEmyBEACH group.

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LOVEmyBEACH at work…

Speak to your employer about following some of these top tips in the workplace, such as fat traps for catering, or toilet stickers asking people to think before they flush.

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Spread the word about LOVEmyBEACH

Our beaches are important and the more people helping us keep them that way, the better! Every action goes some way to cleaner seas, beaches and lakes. Lead by example and share information about your beach and how to keep it clean and please encourage your local community and businesses to LOVEmyBEACH too.

Upcoming Events

Ainsdale beach clean

August 24, 2018

Come and join a friendly team of volunteers for a beach clean at Ainsdale to do your bit to love the beach!

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