Hundreds of bags of dog poo have been found on the UK’s beaches according to the Marine Conservations Society’s 2016 research; with 792 bags recorded at 364 beaches by volunteers over the Great British Beach Clean weekend in September last year. However these numbers don’t show the full scale of the problem; beach clean volunteers do not record unbagged waste therefore the total amount of dog poo left by some owners on our beautiful beaches remains unknown.
Many people believe that leaving dog poo on the beach is OK because the tide washes it away, however this natural disposal technique isn’t the best thing for our beautiful beaches and seas. Bacteria present in dog poo is potentially harmful to beach users and can affect water quality in a negative way.
LOVEmyBEACH are just one of many organisations and campaigns from across the UK uniting this week for #binit4beaches; a campaign focused on reducing pollution and litter at the beach.
Millions of people head to the UK’s beaches to relax, paddle and swim every year and we want water quality to be the best it can be. Last year 98.5% of the UK’s bathing waters met the tough minimum standards. By working together, we can continue to help protect and improve water quality.
For those of you who already bag it and bin it please help raise awareness of this topic during our awareness week between the 30th October and the 5th November. Simply share this picture on social media and include the hashtag #binit4beaches or why not take a photo of your and your dog doing the right thing to help encourage others to do the same?
For those who used to leave dog poo on the beach, thank you for reading this and considering a new approach.
Together we can help make our beaches safe for everyone to enjoy.