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BeachWise helps visitors to enjoy South West beaches

23rd May 2019

The weather is hotting up and with the spring bank holiday just around the corner the BeachWise coastal community partnership has the perfect online tool to promote safe, enjoyable fun on the beach.


Supported by South West Water, Cornwall Council, the Environment Agency, Keep Britain Tidy, Marine Conservation Society, RNLI, South West Coast Path Association, Surf Life Saving Great Britain, Visit Cornwall and others, the BeachWise online tool, www.beachwise.uk, brings together beach safety advice and useful information and offers 20 top tips to help beachgoers enjoy a safe, fun, healthy and relaxing day by the sea.

Malcolm Bell, Chairman of the BeachWise Forum and Chief Executive of Visit Cornwall, said: “As well as highlighting ways to enjoy our region’s beautiful beaches, BeachWise promotes clean bathing waters. After all, the coastline is what makes our region so special, attracting millions of visitors a year whilst being home to many local communities. And we all have a role to play in keeping it that way.”

In 2018, for the third year running, all of Cornwall’s beaches passed tough bathing water quality standards, and it’s good news in Devon too, where 96% of beaches passed. The overall pass rate last year was the region’s best ever results.

The South West has some of the finest bathing waters and beaches in Europe and was awarded 35 Seaside Awards on Wednesday 15 May by Keep Britain Tidy. These awards are presented to the best beaches in England and celebrate the quality and diversity of our coastline.

The South West Water region was also awarded 21 Blue Flags – an international award presented to well managed beaches with excellent water quality and environmental education programmes.

Notes to editor:

  • The BeachWise coastal community partnership was formed in the South West in 2016
  • The bathing water season runs from 15 May – 30 September
  • The BeachWise Forum met on Friday 17 May and meets every six months, at the start and end of the bathing water season to review bathing water quality and how we can keep our beaches clean. It comprises South West Water, council beach managers, NGOs, the Environment Agency, coastal community groups and representatives from other organisations.
  • Presentations from this year’s BeachWise Forum can be found at www.southwestwater.co.uk/environment/rivers-and-bathing-waters/beachwise/

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South West Water