Marram grass and sand dunes, Duddon Estuary Site of Special Scientific Interest, Sandscale Haws National Nature Reserve Cumbria. Photo source: ©© Natural England
By Press Association
Britain’s beaches have had one of their best years in a quarter of a century of the Good Beach Guide, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has said.
Across the UK, 461 beaches were given the top recommended award for having excellent bathing water quality in the guide, the third highest number in the guide’s 24-year history, and a significant increase on last year. Some 42 more bathing spots reached the top grade in 2011 than in 2010.
But 46 failed to meet even the basic standards of water quality set in European law 35 years ago, the MCS said, a slight increase on last year’s figure of 41.