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Dog’s Do: Canine ambassadors say ‘Bag It and Bin It’ on beaches

Local dogs from three Scottish beaches have been selected as My Beach, Your Beach ambassadors for Ayr, Fisherrow Sands and Portobello to help us spread the message on dog poo: bag it and bin it.

As part of our My Beach, Your Beach campaign, twenty-eight dogs were photographed at the beach and ran paw to paw in a social media vote gaining a combined 1500 public votes to select our winning pooches.

Obi of Ayr, Indie from Fisherrow and Poppy of Portobello feature on local signage to remind dog owners to bag and bin dog poo – dog poo left on the beach can pollute the water.

 

Obi, Ayr
Indie, Fisherrow Sands
Poppy, Portobello

 

Claire Russell, Indie’s owner who regularly walks at Fisherrow Sands said:

“It is fantastic that Indie came out top in the competition. We are really excited that she will be the face of the campaign. It is great to see such efforts being made to protect and improve this great outdoor space.”

Our dog ambassadors are one of many interventions that were rolled out this summer as part of our My Beach, Your Beach is our campaign to improve bathing water at Scottish beaches. Bathing water quality is affected by a number of different factors, and recent SEPA evidence shows that dog fouling and seagull poo can be contributing sources of bacteria in bathing waters. We’ve been working alongside SEPA to bring about improvements at beaches at risk of Poor water quality by specifically targeting these sources through our campaign.

Bins at Portobello got a face lift with our new colourful bin wraps installed along the promenade, and lampposts and rails were recipients of the new signage in Ayr and Fisherrow. The messages ring clear – it is our shared responsibility to look after our beach and sea, you can help by putting litter in the bin, bagging and binning dog poo and avoiding feeding the gulls.

We’re working with local groups including: Fisherrow Waterfront Group, Eskmuthe Rowing Club, Friends of Porty Prom and Environmental Volunteers Ayrshire to support their events and spread the message on water quality.

As part of Marine Conservation Society’s Great British Beach Clean and World Clean Up Day, there will be beach cleans in each of our three My Beach, Your Beach locations this September. All welcome, come along and lend a hand:

Further information on our My Beach, Your Beach campaign.

 

 

 

06 September 2018

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