My Beach, Your Beach
We can all agree that there’s nothing quite like a relaxing walk near the sea. But our beaches are not just important to our health and wellbeing. They provide critical habitats for many different creatures and animals, as well as supporting coastal tourism and our fishing industries.
So let’s look after our beautiful beaches this summer (and beyond)!
My Beach, Your Beach is a campaign aiming to help keep our beaches and bathing waters clean for all to enjoy. Our summer beach campaign focuses on Portobello, Fisherrow Sands, Kinghorn Harbour and Ayr. Colourful signage, community events and canine competitions are all part of our campaign to get everyone involved in protecting our beaches. Here are some of the key issues we’re working on:
Are you a local resident or business and want to get involved with the #MyBeachYourBeach campaign?
Here’s how you can get involved:
Why is bathing water quality important?
Bathing water quality is an important measure of a beaches general condition of water quality. Many popular beaches in Scotland display live-signage with real-time predictions of water quality – allowing visitors to check before they swim. You can also check the bathing water quality forecast online.
Over the years, Scotland’s bathing water has been improving. But some sites still need extra efforts. The Scottish Government aims for all designated sites to meet Sufficient classifications by 2020 – and to get there, we can all be part of the solution.
We launched My Beach, Your Beach in 2018 to address dog fouling, litter and gull issues at some popular bathing spots after new evidence that in addition to other factors, dog and gull faeces were contributing to lower quality water for swimming.