About St Annes

St Annes beach is a sandy, flat resort beach with a small pier extending into the Irish Sea. Sand dunes run along the edge of the beach which has up to one kilometre of sand exposed at low tide.

From Good Friday to 30 September, 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.

What we’re doing to improve bathing water quality…

United Utilities made improvements at Fairhaven Pumping Station, upgraded Preston’s sewage network and constructed a tunnel in Blackpool to provide storage for storm discharges and the transfer of flows from pumping stations to the new sewage works at Fleetwood. Large storage tanks have been built at several locations to reduce storm overflows and extra storage was provided at three locations in Preston to protect both river and bathing water quality.

There are a number of overflows that discharge into the River Ribble during and after heavy rainfall to protect houses around the river from being flooded by sewage. A huge programme of improvements to these overflows has been completed including the construction of a large storage tunnel near Preston.

Livestock grazing by the river upstream can also impact on the bathing water as following heavy rainfall excess water may not soak into the land, but drain into rivers and the sea. This is a particular problem as high spring tides can cover the salt marsh and cause wash off from the land. In partnership with Natural England, we are working with farmers to enhance farming practices and reduce run off from farmland.

St Annes beach now has a 2 Minute Beach Clean Board!

The A-frame board is located at the Water’s Edge cafe (on the lake opposite the Lifeboat Station), with litter pickers and bags available for anyone to borrow and do their own beach clean.

We hope that you can spare even just a few minutes to help look after the beach. Every piece of plastic that you remove from the marine environment is no longer a danger to the animals that still live there.

Please take photos of your beach clean and share them using the hashtags #2minutebeachclean and #lovemybeach

St Annes BeachCare group have been meeting every Tuesday morning for over 5 years to clean the beach.

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Think before you flush…

To avoid blockages and overflows, please put disposable products such as wet wipes, cotton buds and sanitary items in the bin, not down the toilet. Remember our simple rule to only flush the 3 Ps: Pee, Poo and Paper. Nothing else should go down the loo - even if it says ‘flushable’ on the packaging!


Think before you pour…

Don’t pour kitchen fats, oils and grease down the sink as they can cause sewer blockages, which can overflow into homes, seas, rivers and lakes. And road drains often lead straight into our rivers and seas. Please only pour things down the drain that you would like to swim in!


Check your drains - it’s easier than it sounds…

Check your home or business is connected to the right drainage system. Wrongly connected plumbing could mean dirty water from toilets, dishwashers and showers going directly into your local river, lake or sea. Visit www.connectright.org for more information.


Pick up your dog’s poo and bin it…

When you’re out walking your dog, please help by picking up your dog’s poo and putting it in a bin. Please check signs and only walk your dog in designated dog-friendly areas to help protect water quality and beaches. You may be fined if you don’t remove your dog’s poo.


Check your septic tank…

If your property is connected to a septic tank, cess pit or package sewage treatment plant, please check it’s working correctly and keep it maintained. Faulty or poorly maintained systems can cause serious pollution problems.


Catch your rainwater…

Use a water butt to collect rain water for your garden and help reduce the amount of water running into surface water drains or sewers.


Put litter in the bin…

Especially food waste as it encourages birds and their poo can affect water quality. Broken bottles and cans can be dangerous for children and wildlife so please take them with you off the beach, or better still, put them in a recycling bin!


Come along to a beach clean…

There are many active local groups organising beach cleans. Head to 'Events' to find out when the next event is, and if you can’t find one we can help you set up a new LOVEmyBEACH group.


LOVEmyBEACH at work…

Speak to your employer about following some of these top tips in the workplace, such as fat traps for catering, or toilet stickers asking people to think before they flush.


Spread the word about LOVEmyBEACH

Our beaches are important and the more people helping us keep them that way, the better! Every action goes some way to cleaner seas, beaches and lakes. Lead by example and share information about your beach and how to keep it clean and please encourage your local community and businesses to LOVEmyBEACH too.