Over the last 20 years we’ve made huge progress in making our beaches and bathing waters cleaner.
In 1988 only 18% of our bathing waters met minimum standards, in 2016 this was 100%.
Below is information on how we got there and how we’ll keep it that way…

Schools Illuminations Competition

Children from Key Stage 1 & 2, from a school within Blackpool, Cumbria, Lancashire, Sefton or Wirral have been given the opportunity to design a LOVEmyBEACH poster promoting ways to help look after the beach. The design will then be transformed into a Blackpool illumination, on display from 1st September until 5th November 2017.

The posters focus should be based on the campaign topics; fat traps, what not to flush, water butts, beach litter etc. Teachers, click HERE to be redirected to the schools resources page where you can find presentations and printable activities.

Once the children have an understanding of the ways people can help love the beach they should put pen to paper for their designs using this template:

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Please use the template provided, printed in A3 format and include the website address www.lovemybeach.org as part of the design. Failure to use this template may result in the design being excluded from the competition.

All entries should be posted by 5pm on Wednesday 19th July 2017 to:

Keep Britain Tidy, FAO: LOVEmyBEACH, Elizabeth House, The Pier, Wigan, WN3 4EX.

Please include full contact details of the teacher and school with the designs.

The winning design will be chosen by Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and will be announced in September 2017 on the LOVEmyBEACH website News page. The winner will be contacted via the school contact details provided.

The pupil will also receive a FREE family ticket for Sandcastle Waterpark Blackpool posted to the school to pass on to the winning child.

The winner will be required to participate in some promotional activity including switching on the illumination.

If there are any additional questions on this competition please email stephanie.wyatt@keepbritaintidy.org


Life’s a Beach by Sarah Goodwin

Sarah Goodwin is a 21 year old media graduate from Manchester who has created a video about marine plastic and litter pollution to help explain how our actions negatively impact upon the environment, harming both wildlife and ourselves.

After several day trips to Blackpool volunteering to help clean its beautiful beaches, she was frustrated with the amounts of plastic and rubbish found during the beach cleaning events. Litter such as cigarette butts, plastic shopping bags and drinks bottles carelessly left behind by people. Wet wipes, sanitary wear and cotton bud sticks on the beach because of people flushing these items down the toilet and then being washed in by the sea.

The full video can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SP6ldFrmrzM

While making the video Sarah was shocked to learn that marine life, including fish, eat degraded plastics and micro beads found in the sea. Then, more concerning, these plastic particles absorb potentially dangerous sea water toxins, which we consume when we eat the fish.

Sarah’s message to everyone who loves the beach is; “We should all think and act responsibly to reduce plastics and litter on all our beaches and in the sea. I’ve always binned my litter, but since making my video I’m more conscious of reusing or recycling throwaway plastic items such as shopping bags and bottles. Plus I don’t buy beauty products containing plastic micro beads and I only flush the 3p’s down the loo, i.e. pee, poo and paper.”

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Dogs On Beaches

Between May and September some coastal areas across the UK have dog restrictions at bathing water beaches; this is to provide areas of the beach to people who may not be comfortable with dogs but want to enjoy the beach environment. Additionally the restriction reduces the risk of bacteria from dog poo entering the strips of water where people are most likely to swim and paddle.

LOVEmyBEACH has compiled a leaflet which details the restrictions in the North West so that dog owners can enjoy their walk along the beach without concern that they are in a dog free zone.

Restrictions are as follows:

Morecambe Bay – dogs are banned from Morecambe’s North and South beaches. South beach is defined as; Battery Breakwater to Stone Jetty Breakwater and North Beach is defined as Bubbles Breakwater to Green Street Breakwater.

Fleetwood – dogs are banned from the slipway opposite the end of the end of Promenade Road eastwards to the site of the former Fleetwood pier.

Cleveleys – dogs are banned from Cafe Cove up to Wyre Borough boundary.

Blackpool – dogs are banned from the southern side of North Pier to the Solaris Centre/Mirror Ball, including all slopes and staircases leading to the beach.

St Annes – dogs are banned from the Lifeboat Station going North past the pier to the end of the North Promenade car park and to the tide line.

Southport – dogs are banned from the Pier south towards Pleasureland (for 555m) and to the tide line.

Ainsdale – dogs are banned 200m either side of the main beach entrance and to the tide line.

Wallasey – dog owners are requested to voluntarily keep their dogs off the beach between 10am – 5pm.

Please enjoy your walk and remember where ever you are always bag it and bin it.

Dog Restrictions At Bathing Waters (45 downloads)

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