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, compared to 100% in 2014. But from 2015 the standards are much stricter so there’s more to do…

Whale and dolphin watching in Cumbria

By Cumbria Wildlife Trust Cumbria

You don’t need to be an expert to get involved!

Run in partnership with the Sea Watch Foundation, Wildlife Trust will be doing a survey to help develop an understanding of where whales, dolphins and porpoises can be found in our waters.

Bring binoculars if you have them!

Includes a short steep walk up a cliff.

Children & families welcome. Dogs on leads please.

Booking required please telephone 01539 816300 or visit www.cumbriawildlifetrust.org.uk

28 May 2017 Sun 10.30am–1.00pm
Where: Park in the car park at St Bees. GR: NX 960 118

4 June 2017 Sun 12.30pm–3.30pm
Where:  Park on Maryport promenade and meet at entrance to the Senhouse Roman Museum, Maryport CA15 6JD.

15 June 2017 Thu 2.30pm–5.00pm
Where: Park in the car park at St Bees. GR: NX 960 118

2 July 2017 Sun 3.00pm–5.00pm
Where: Park on Maryport promenade and meet at entrance to the Senhouse Roman Museum, Maryport CA15 6JD.

19 July 2017 Wed 10.30am–1.00pm
Where: Park in the car park at St Bees. GR: NX 960 118

1 August 2017 Tue 11.30am–2.00pm
Where: Park in the car park at St Bees. GR: NX 960 118

3 August 2017 Thu 10.30am–12.30pm
Where: Park on Maryport promenade and meet at entrance to the Senhouse Roman Museum, Maryport CA15 6JD.

6 August 2017 Sun 10.00am–12.30pm
Where: Park in the car park at St Bees. GR: NX 960 118

15 August 2017 Tue 4.00pm–6.00pm
Where: Park on Maryport promenade and meet at entrance to the Senhouse Roman Museum, Maryport CA15 6JD.

27 August 2017 Sun 3.00pm–5.00pm
Where: Park on Maryport promenade and meet at entrance to the Senhouse Roman Museum, Maryport CA15 6JD.

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Keep Britain Tidy CEO joins beach clean

Allison Ogden-Newton, Keep Britain Tidy CEO, visited the Fylde coast this week to join a group of more than twenty volunteers who this week pledged their time to Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean.

The volunteer group have however been established for four years and meet each week to clean the beach surrounding St Anne’s Pier. As local residents who want to enjoy the beach where they live they take a ‘hands-on’ approach to addressing the litter issue in order to keep the area beautiful.

With Allison’s help, on the 7th March the group collected approx. twenty six bags of litter in less than two hours from St Annes beach around the pier and sand dunes with the volunteers stating this volume was not unusual.

Ian Roberts, a regular volunteer and St Anne’s resident stated, “The litter issue is ongoing in the area. A lot of it gets washed in from the sea, things that shouldn’t have been flushed down the toilet or waste from ships but we regularly see people drop litter on the beach. Our biggest gripe is people not clearing up after their dogs! People don’t consider the effect this has; not cleaning your dog poo makes the sea unsafe too. We’ve got good bathing water quality at the moment, second to excellent, and we don’t want this to drop, we all need to do our bit to protect the beaches.”

Allison Ogden-Newton, Keep Britain Tidy CEO adds, “The group at St Anne’s are a true inspiration, real Litter Heroes and examples of the thousands of others that came together last weekend for the Great British Spring Clean. In the North West alone there were over 600 events organised which highlights the real passion for cleaning up our beaches and beyond.”

“I was also impressed with the work many of the volunteers had done as part of the Sand Dunes project, collecting people’s old Christmas trees and building natural sea defences into the dunes. It’s a really innovative way of protecting the coastline and re-cycling what would be initially be waste, as we say at Keep Britain Tidy; waste-less, live more!”

Allison St Annes

Thank you Tappers Gin!

Tappers Gin was established in May 2016 in the seaside town of West Kirby, Wirral.

A small, artisan producer of gin, Steve, the Master Compounder has a big love for the beach and was keen to support LOVEmyBEACH.

After making some small changes in the business including installing dual flush toilet, ensuring there was a bin next to every toilet in the building and having parking facilities that accommodated surface water run off Tappers Gin could certify themselves as a LOVEmyBEACH business.

Having more local businesses signed up to making a change can really improve the quality of our beaches and bathing waters, if you are interested please contact enquiries@lovemybeach.org

Thank you Tappers Gin!

 

DID YOU KNOW? The name ‘Tappers’ is slang for a tavern keeper who ‘taps’ kegs or casks!

Tappers Gin