It’s official – Britain has more clean beaches than ever before. 105 beaches were awarded the prized blue flag in, nearly doubling the number. Wales are top dogs with 33 flags awarded. So if you want to sunbathe on clean sand, surf in sewage-free water or be able to use toilets where the soap and loo roll wasn’t used up weeks ago, look up some blue flag beaches.
Have you ever wondered what effect clean or mucky beaches have on other creatures?
You might like to …
- look at variations in one species, like cockleshells, on a range of beaches; or different parts of the same beach
- carry out tests on the quality of seawater samples from beaches in your area. Then compare how many species are found in the samples (You could look at the tests used by the blue flag award campaign )
- find out how beaches can be cleaned up and then kept free of rubbish dropped by the public and rubbish washed up on shore. You could investigate tidal patterns and how objects in the sea are picked up by the tide and swept on to beaches.