Study reveals the UK's whitest beaches

Authored by Mary

Parkdean Resorts have revealed the UK's lightest and darkest beaches as inspiration for this year's staycation, and Devon has some of the UK's whitest beaches of all!

To help Brits beat the crowds and find their perfect beach getaway, Parkdean has expertly colour matched the sands of over 50 UK beaches to create an exclusive colour palette called ‘ Sandtone ’, inspired by the shades...

East Devon beaches claim Blue Flags and Seaside Awards for 2020

Authored by Mary

Blue Flags will be flying high above the beaches of Sidmouth and Exmouth from this week (w/b July 6) and these beaches, along with Seaton and Budleigh have also won prestigious Seaside Awards too ranking them among England’s best in the country.

Environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy give the awards in recognition of beaches in England that achieve the highest standards of beach...

Potentially dangerous sea creature warning for the SW

Authored by George Dawson

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) have received reports of several Portuguese Men-of-War washing up on beaches in Cornwall and Scilly Isles just weeks after authorities in Ireland warned local beach goers about a spate of recent strandings of this potentially dangerous floating sea creature.

Stings can be exceptionally painful and in extreme cases fatal.

MCS says the...

Can beach cleans do more than clean up litter?

Authored by Mary

Volunteer beach cleans may only make a small contribution to the presence and prevalence of marine litter but could have numerous benefits to those involved and to the environment, new research suggests.

The study – published in Environment and Behaviour – examined the well-being and educational value of beach cleans, and their impacts on individuals’ behavioural intentions, and how...

Help save your coast

Authored by Mary

There’s nothing quite like a great British picnic by the sea. We all have fond childhood memories of days out at the seaside; that heady combination of sun, sand and sea along with a dollop of ice-cream sandy sandwiches and hours of endless fun.

What better way to celebrate 50 years of public support for protecting our precious coastline, than by attending one of the Big Beach Picnic’s...

Litter increase on our beaches

Authored by Mary

Piles of wet wipes are littering our beaches as more people choose to use moist cloths to remove make-up, replace traditional toilet paper and apply fake tan. According to the latest beach litter data collected by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) and published today in its Great British Beach Clean report, numbers of wet wipes found on beaches increased by over 50% in a single year!...

Lack of beach recovery places coastal communities in vulnerable position

Authored by News Desk

The coastal communities of South West England are in a vulnerable position because beaches that previously protected them have not recovered from the severe storms of last winter.

The unprecedented battering caused by a succession of Atlantic storms from December 2013 to February 2014 left a trail of damage along the coasts of Cornwall, Devon and Dorset.

But alongside the...

Survey reveals depth of marine litter problem

Authored by Mary

A major new survey of the seafloor has found that even in the deepest ocean depths you can find bottles, plastic bags, fishing nets and other types of human litter.

The litter was found throughout the Mediterranean, and all the way from the continental shelf of Europe to the Mid-Atlantic Ridge 2,000 kilometres from land. Litter is a problem in the marine environment as it can be...

Record Number of South West Beaches Hit Top Standards

Authored by Huw Oxburgh

A record number of South West beaches have achieved the highest bathing water standards this year according to a report from Marine Conservation Society (MCS) released today.

The MCS 'Good Beach Guide’ shows that 173 out of 195 (88.7%) South West beaches received the top standard for excellent water quality.

Nationally MCS has recommended 538 out of 734 (73%) UK beaches tested...

'Digusting tide of litter' threatens UK beaches

Authored by Mary

What do half a TV, a French bullet-proof vest and an unopened pack of bacon have in common?

They were all cleared from our beaches during a single weekend last September and were among the 223,405 bits of litter that volunteers bagged up and removed as part of the Beachwatch Big Weekend 2013, organised by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS).

The UK’s leading beach cleanup and...