About West Kirby

West Kirby’s sandy beach is approximately two kilometres long and faces south west over the Dee estuary. A large stretch of sand is exposed at low tide and there are four small islands close to the beach which can be reached on foot at low tide.

What we’re doing to improve bathing water quality…

United Utilities built the Wallasey storage tank which was designed to help bathing water quality by reducing the storm discharges.

A contaminated surface water outfall at Dee Lane in West Kirby town was fixed and a survey carried out following this showed an improvement in water quality. Heswall Sewage Treatment Works has been upgraded by Dwr Cymru to improve the discharge quality and provide disinfection of the discharge and Meols Sewage Treatment Works, located north of West Kirby bathing water, was upgraded by United Utilities to improve the treatment process and to provide disinfection of the treated discharge, which is released through an outfall running five kilometres out to sea.

There are two storm overflows to the south of West Kirby bathing water at Shore Road and Caldy, both of which have recently been upgraded. A surface water discharge to the beach from near Dee Lane has been investigated and it has no impact on bathing water quality.

 


Volunteer at this beach
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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

West Kirby beach clean with the High Tidiers

January 13, 2019

Come along to help keep West Kirby beach clean and beautiful!

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