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UK beaches are cleaner than ever, says report

UK beaches are cleaner than ever, says report
15 Apr 2014

A new report has suggested that beaches in the UK are improving all the time and are now in the best shape they have been in for a number of years.

The study, conducted by the Marine Conservation Society, found that a record number of British beaches are in "excellent" condition.

They are, in fact, cleaner than ever before, despite the fact that less than 12 months ago they were named among the dirtiest in Europe.

Indeed, the survey rated nearly three-quarters of British beaches as excellent in terms of water quality, thereby encouraging people to take a dip in the sea this coming summer.

As many as 538 out of 734 beaches tested scored top marks in the Good Beach Guide, with a mere 14 failing to meeting the minimum required standard.

Rachel Wyatt, Coastal Pollution Officer for the Marine Conservation Society, said: “It's great news that we are able to recommend more beaches than ever for excellent water quality and it shows just how good British beaches can be.

“The main challenge now is maintaining these standards, whatever the weather."

She added: “Most people don't realise what a big impact the weather can have on bathing water quality.”

By 2015, all beaches in the UK will be asked to meet the minimum standard under the EU Bathing Water Directive, which is nearly twice as arduous to achieve as the current standard.

And it has been announced that those beaches that fail to achieve this will be forced to feature signs that make this apparent.

The UK, of course, is home to loads of beautiful beaches, a sizeable proportion of which are located in popular tourist destinations like Devon and Cornwall.

With good weather predicted for the summer, there is more reason than ever to head to the seaside over the next few weeks.ADNFCR-408-ID-801712950-ADNFCR

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