Rubbish on the beach at Cleveleys
Beach cleaning at Cleveleys
Obviously people can be responsible for dropping litter - sometimes not deliberately as the strong winds can blow litter back out of the ample bins - many of which are of a shape and size to withstand seagulls and the weather emptying them as fast as they fill up.
With winds as strong as they can be on this coast, there is clearly an amount of litter that gets blown into the water and onto the beaches. However, most of it is washed up from the sea and comes to us from land both near and far, and from shipping.
At Cleveleys, Rossall Beach Residents & Community Group look after the seafront at the northern end of the seafront, from the end of the new sea defences to the Five Bar Gate near Rossall School. You can find out at the link about what they do to improve the beach and waterfront for both the people who use it and the wildlife who life there.
Sea waters are tested throughout the summer season at designated bathing water beaches all around the UK. The Revised European Bathing Water Directive has increased the standard of cleanliness which the sea water has to achieve in order to be declared suitable for bathing.
In response to this, the Environment Agency, United Utilities and the local authorities along the Fylde Coast are working together to improve bathing waters and encouraging the public to see how small changes in the behaviour of each and every one of us can lead to an improvement in water quality.
Of course beach care and conservation doesn’t start and stop at litter, sewage and what the beach looks like. There are practical reasons why it should be removed too. For example, the string from balloon releases, rope and fishing line gets tangled around birds legs, wings and around fish and mammals, who then can’t feed themselves, starve and die. The plastic that is ground down into small pieces and floating in the water looks like jellyfish to fish, mammals and birds, who eat it and collect a stomach full of plastic which means they then starve to death.
Our shoreline and beach is a wonderful and precious resource that we should all look after and enjoy. Have a read through the pages in this section to find out more.
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