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…

Dog Walk!

On Thursday 24th August, from 10.30am, the LOVEmyBEACH team will be setting out on our first ever dog friendly coastal walk.

We’ll be highlighting some of the best spots to walk your dog along the Fylde coast, pointing out the areas to avoid from May to September and explaining why there are restrictions in place.

The walk will start at The Solaris Centre (Blackpool, FY4 1RW, parking available) last approximately 1 hour and cover about 2 miles of the coastline.

Additionally at the events start and end point (Solaris Centre) the Dogs Trust will be attendance to offer free advice to dog owners as well as health checks, micropchipping and nail clipping.  No appointments are required.

Please join us with your furry friend! No booking necessary but it would be great to know how many people will be attending so, if possible, please email us on enquiries@lovemybeach.org.

NOTE: Dogs should be under control at all times and kept on leads in locations where stated.

More information from the Dogs Trust:

Veterinary nurses will be attending to carry out basic health checks including nail clipping, and they will check eyes, ears, teeth and weight, to make sure your dog is happy, fit and healthy. Alongside the health check, our team will provide advice on diet, training and neutering. Each owner will be provided with a responsible dog ownership pack, including handy tips and useful resources for you to continue to use  at home. Free goodie packs also available for puppy owners and those who are thinking of getting a puppy. Extra goodie packs available for those wanting to learn how to stay healthy with their dog.

The Dogs Trust team also offer free on-the-spot microchipping for dogs that aren’t yet chipped (microchipping is a legal requirement as of April 2016). We can also advise you about changing your microchip details  should it be needed.

The Dogs Trust team welcome all breeds of dogs, whether a  pup or an adult, however Dogs Trust will not chip active hunting hounds or litters of puppies. We ask that puppies under 6 months old are fully vaccinated and proof of  vaccinations are brought along to the event. If your puppy has recently been vaccinated, they must be carried for the 10 days following their final vaccination. Dogs over 6 months old do not require proof of vaccination.

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Take part in a #2minutebeachclean

LOVEmyBEACH is proud to announce the arrival of 12 two minute beach clean boards to the North West. The boards are a tool which make it easier for everyone to do their bit to look after the beach. The stations are A-boards with a holder for litter pickers and a slot for used plastic bags.

Aside from having a dirty beach with items on it that are a risk to our health there are lots of very good reasons why we need your help to remove rubbish from the marine environment.

A two minute beach clean might seem insignificant in the grand scheme of things but it is important. Every piece of plastic that you remove from the marine environment is no longer a danger to the animals that still live there. They won’t break down into micro plastics, strangle seabirds or mammals or end up being ingested.

A two minute beach clean gets you outside; helps to keep you healthy and fit and feeling good. Children love to help clean the beach and learn more about protecting marine wildlife.

You can find #2minutebeachclean boards at:

  • Rossall Point Tower
  • Fleetwood Beach Kiosk
  • Water Side Cafe, St Annes
  • Cafe Cove, Cleveleys
  • National Trust, Formby
  • Clock Tower Cafe, Morecambe
  • RNLI building, Blackpool
  • Blackpool South

More locations coming soon, watch this space!

Please share a photo of your beach clean using the hashtags #2minutebeachclean and #lovemybeach

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Summer Tour

The LOVEmyBEACH team; Emma, Hannah and Stef are on the road this summer visiting events across the North West coast to inform people about the campaign and what they can do to help LOVEmyBEACH.

If you’re visiting any of these events, keep an eye out for our stall or if you would like to help out at one of them please contact us to get involved.

2017 events:

Heysham Viking Festival 15th & 16th July

Blackpool Air Show 12th August

Lytham 1940s festival 19th & 20th August

Morecambe Carnival 19th & 20th August

St Annes Kite festival 2nd September

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