St Annes North Beach Care Group collect 1 TONNE of litter in just 6 months thanks to LOVEmyBEACH volunteers The St Annes North LOVEmyBEACH BeachCare group have collected a tonne of litter in just 6 months. Taking their total collected to an astonishing three tonnes since the group began in April 2018. This is the equivalent of ten grey seals, 20 common do..
We would like to wish all our supporters and their families a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! And we would also like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has come out on beach cleans and helped to protect our beaches, oceans and wildlife by taking action, whether it's on the coast or at home! Every action, from only flushing the 3 P's to picking ..
This Christmas millions of people will be preparing a traditional roast dinner and other festive food for friends and family. Like us, I’m sure you’ll agree that the best part of a festive meal is the washing up. No? Maybe that’s just us then ...! Much time ..
Christmas can be a time of excess – including plastic! Whether it’s toys, wrapping paper or food containers, plastic is everywhere at this time of year! Protect your ocean, beach and wildlife by have a plastic-free Christmas. Here are a few tips on how to do it: 1. Wrapping paper Most wrapping paper actually contains plastic and can’t be recycled..
It's official! The bathing water season is over! This may be sad news for swimmers and it means that we have to finally admit that summer is over, but it's good news for our furry friends who are now allowed back on the beaches! Dog bans are in place on many beaches along the North West coast during the bathing water season, but once it's over, we can start walking our pooch..
The Environment Agency monitors bathing waters – stretches of sea or lake where many people swim and paddle – to assess whether they meet the strict standards of the European Bathing Water Directive. The standards are set to protect public health and the environment from pollution.
The Environment Agency takes 20 water samples at each bathing water between May and September each year and post the information online: http://environment.data.gov.uk/bwq/profiles/
The samples are tested for certain types of bacteria: escherichia coli (E.coli) and intestinal enterococci, which are not directly harmful but indicate the presence of pollution. The bacteria are found in the intestines of animals and humans and pass through the body in poo. High levels of bacteria = poor water quality.
However, the water may be cleaner on the actual day you visit the beach, as the quality can change, particularly after heavy rain washes pollution into rivers and the sea. Look out for daily forecasts at some beaches.
Each beach is also given an annual classification. From 2015 this is based on sample results over the previous four years, e.g. 2015 results use data from 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. 2016 results use data from 2013 to 2016 and so on. The classifications are:
The standard is the highest, cleanest class
Generally good water quality
The water meets the minimum standards
Bathing is not advised at this beach as water quality has not met sufficient standards
If a bathing water is classed as Poor, you are advised not to bathe because samples taken over the previous four years have been affected by pollution. This does not mean the beach is closed – you can still enjoy everything the beach has to offer.
If a water sample has high levels of bacteria, analysis is done to estimate* the sources of pollution and work is planned in the area to improve water quality. When this work is significant and is expected to help improve bathing water quality, the four years of data for the annual classification starts from the time the work is completed and sample data from before the work are not included. This is called step change.
*Estimates are based on computer modelling, DNA analysis, and knowledge of the local area. The estimates can never be perfect because pollution to bathing waters changes from day to day depending on the season, the tides and the weather.