What happens after high seas
Balloons and string knotted with seaweed
Much work is done to protect and preserve this natural resource, by national charities like the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), statutory agencies like the Environment Agency and United Utilities, and by community groups who manage their own small patch. Added together, all this effort makes a huge difference.
Throughout the bathing season, on designated bathing beaches, sea water tests are taken from specified places at specified times, and on this basis a bathing water quality mark is awarded.
There are many different factors which affect these readings and can cause them to fail, and many parties, including the general public, can play a part in making sure that the water meets the highest standard possible - in many cases just be being more responsible for your own actions - at home as well as near the beach.
For example, putting 'rubbish' like wet wipes down your toilet and using it as a bin can lead to the sewage system blocking up.
Fats and oils put down sinks will block sewage pipes in much the same way that cholesterol blocks your arteries and is bad for your health.
When the sewage system gets blocked with a combination of solidified fats and debris like wet wipes, the pipes narrow and then the system can't cope with the volume of fluid, which means there is no choice but for it to overflow into rivers and ultimately the sea during periods of heavy rainfall.
Leaving dog poo on the beach pollutes bathing waters and if a bathing water reading were to be taken after a period of heavy soiling (like a particularly beautiful weekend for example with lots of dog walking taking place) that could cause a water reading to fail.
There are a number of community groups on the coast who carry out a regular programme of beach cleans. There is the Friends of Lytham Estuary, The Fairhaven Coastal Care Group who work in the Fairhaven Lake area of St Annes, and the Rossall Beach Residents & Community Group who clean the northern shingle beach off Cleveleys sea front.
The litter and debris which is left on the strandline is both what is washed up from the seas and that which is dropped on the shores.
Marine litter has huge consequences for wildlife and the habitat in which they live. Entanglements in rubbish kill many birds, fish and mammals. Many more die because they have eaten so much plastic, having mistaken it for food, that they literally starve to death.
That's why being careful with your litter, and litter picking, is so important.
Read on in this section to find out more.
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