It’s the responsibility of everyone to keep our seas and beaches as clean as they can be, and that’s not as simple as you might at first think!
Obviously people can be responsible for dropping litter – sometimes not deliberately as the strong winds can blow litter away from us without meaning to drop it.
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 northern stretch of the seafront, from the end of the new sea defences at The Venue 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 in central Cleveleys throughout the summer season, as they are at all 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.
The waters are classified according to their level of quality: poor, sufficient, good or excellent, and the category “sufficient” is the minimum quality threshold that had to be attained by the end of the 2015 season at the latest.
In response to this, the Environment Agency, United Utilities and the local authorities along the Fylde Coast worked together to improve bathing waters and encourage 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 that they then starve to death. The ramifications of plastic in a marine environment are extensive – so all of the rubbish which we remove is a help.
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.
Rubbish on the beach at Cleveleys
Beach cleaning at Cleveleys