Help to keep Blackpool beach clean and golden
In these modern and enlightened times, much work is done to protect and preserve this natural resource, by national charities like the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), statutory agencies like the Environment Agency and United Utilities, and by community groups who manage their own small patch. Added together, all this effort makes a huge difference.
Throughout the bathing season, water tests are taken from specified places at specified times, and on this basis a bathing water quality level is awarded. There are many different factors that affect these readings and which can cause them to fail, and many parties, including the general public, can help to play a part, small changes in behaviour can make a big overall difference.
For example, putting the wrong material down your toilet and using it as a bin can lead to the sewage system blocking which causes it to overflow into rivers during times of heavy rainfall. Fats and oils put down sinks will block pipes in much the same way that cholesterol blocks your arteries. Incorrectly connecting the waste water plumbing from your house is an issue, and even leaving dog poo on the beach can cause a reading to fail.
There are a number of community groups on the coast who carry out a regular programme of beach cleans. There is the Friends of Lytham Estuary, The Fairhaven Coastal Care Group who work in the Fairhaven Lake area of St Annes, and Rossall Beach Residents & Community Group who clean the northern beach of Cleveleys sea front. You can also pick litter up while you are on the beach on your own - take a carrier bag and a pair of disposable gloves pop what you collect in one of the big bins.
The litter and debris which is left on the strandline is both what is washed up from the seas and which is dropped on the shores. Marine litter has huge consequences for wildlife and the habitat in which they live.
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