This week, LOVEmyBEACH Campaign Manager, Stephanie Wyatt awarded Blackpool & Fylde College a ‘LOVEmyBEACH Hero’ award to recognise the work carried out by its Marine Biology students to improve bathing water quality in the area.
Blackpool and The Fylde College’s Marine Biology students have been working on real life bathing water projects, in conjunction with the Environment Agency, since 2015. Their work has included
1. Identifying redundant out-fall pipes to confirm contaminated connections
2. Undertaking in depth water quality research, using telemetered water quality probes and analysing the results
3. Working with local landowners to assess potential bacterial run-off from their land
Many of these initial research projects have led to further investigatory works by the Environment Agency and other partners; helping to protect bathing water quality across the Fylde coast.
Stephanie added: “The work undertaken by the Marine Biology students is highly commended and extremely valuable to our campaigns objective to improve and protect bathing water quality.”
Simon Bennett, Catchment Co-ordinator at the Environment Agency has been working with the college for several years on the projects and added: “Blackpool and The Fylde College is a great partner to work with; the students show impressive enthusiasm year after year and are a pleasure to work with.
“Their investigations have led to additional project work and allowed me to make applications for significant additional funding, which has in turn reduced risks to bathing water quality and the protection of Blackpool’s Blue Flag.”
B&FC science lecturer Trevor Lund said: “Real life projects are so important for our students and give them valuable industry experience as part of their study programme.
“Working with the Environment Agency and the LOVEmyBEACH campaign highlights the importance of multi-agency working when tackling huge issues such as marine pollution.
“It is very much a ‘win-win’ situation for us. Our students get the experience of working alongside industry professionals on projects which have a big public impact and give enormous job satisfaction.
“Our students are completely engaged with this work and it really is a proud moment for the College to be awarded with a ‘LOVEmyBEACH Hero’ award.”
Anyone wishing to study a degree in Marine Biology at B&FC can enrol from Tuesday 28 August 2018 to start their course in September. The course can be studied as a foundation degree or as a full BSc. Visit www.blackpool.ac.uk for more information.