Doggy Ambassadors are furry faces of My Beach, Your Beach campaign
Our competition to find Scotland’s west and east coast beaches Doggy Ambassadors has come to a close. The winning local dogs will be the furry faces of our My Beach, Your Beach campaign – encouraging everyone to ‘bag it and bin it’ when they visit the beach and help keep the sand and sea clean for everyone to enjoy.
The public voted for the winning dogs through a Facebook photo competition, which attracted 24 entries and over 330 votes.
The east coast winner is Fin, a six year old springer spaniel, from Portobello, who received 27% of the votes. Fin’s owner Laura Keddie said, “Fin loves the beach, for the sea. He bolts straight to the water, it's almost impossible to get a photo of him dry. Our beach essentials are floaty toy, poo bags and a raincoat. We are delighted to encourage other people to be responsible like us. Bag and bin what doesn't stay in.”
The west coast winner is Oscha, a five year old Golden Retriever from Irvine beach, who received 33% of votes. Oscha’s owner Jennifer Pless said, “Oscha regularly joins me in litter picks as we try to keep the beach clean and safe for all to enjoy.”
The doggy ambassadors will be featured on campaign materials online, promoting responsible beach use.
The My Beach, Your Beach campaign aims to support bathing water quality improvements at beaches where this is a challenge, including raising awareness of the potential impact caused by dog fouling. The beaches are: Ayr, Troon, Irvine, Saltcoats/Ardrossan on the west coast, and Portobello, Fisherrow Sands and Kinghorn Harbour on the east.
Dog poo can contribute to bathing water contamination so the bag it and bin it message is extra important at beaches included in the campaign, so that they can maintain their bathing water quality status.
Our Campaign Officer Emma Glencross said, "The vast majority of dog owners are responsible. Simply ensuring that they have a dog poo bag with them when out for a walk and keep an eye on their dog, so they can be sure to ‘bag it and bin it’ when it’s their time to go makes a huge difference. Leaving dog poo on the beach where children play and people have picnics is thoughtless. The tide can also carry left dog poo into the sea where people swim. Having a dog poo bag floating in the water whilst having a dip would definitely ruin the experience. In areas where bathing water quality is already under threat, something like this can tip it over the edge.
“We are delighted that Fin is lending himself to the campaign and hope that by setting a good example, the minority with careless habits will follow suit. We all have a part to play in protecting the sand and sea.”
To find out more about My Beach, Your Beach and the simple habits that can help protect bathing water quality and our beautiful beaches, visit the campaign homepage. https://www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/community-and-place/my-beach-your-beach/
02 September 2022