Englands BEST BEACHES revealed for 2019 - Thanks To The Growing Trend Of Beach Cleanups (labelled the ‘Attenborough Effect)

England's best beaches have been revealed as campaigners hailed the "Attenborough effect" for an increase in awards for beaches being classed as clean and safe.

Keep Britain Tidy has announced the winners of 71 Blue Flags and 137 Seaside Awards - an increase of 18 beaches on 2018.

The awards are quality marks for beaches which mean they are clean, safe and meet high environmental and bathing water quality standards.

It comes as a survey by Keep Britain Tidy found more than half (54%) of people said nature documentaries fronted by Sir David Attenborough had encouraged them to personally clear up discarded litter. High 5 to Sir David.

Allison Ogden-Newton, chief executive of Keep Britain Tidy, said: "We as individuals feel emotionally connected to the environment more than ever, with so many experiencing eco-anxiety”.

"We're incredibly pleased to have even more winners this year than last, proving the great dedication of the beach staff”

"From environmental education for the local community and ensuring responsible beach use, to cleaning regimes and an increasing number of recycling facilities, it is a full-time commitment to create beaches worthy of the awards."

Here are some of the 71 beaches awarded Blue Flags in 2019:

East Midlands

Ingoldmells South

Central Beach, Mablethorpe

Central Beach, Skegness

Central Beach, Sutton on Sea

Cleethorpes Central

East of England

Cromer

Sea Palling

Sheringham

Mundesley

East Runton

West Runton

East Beach, Shoeburyness

Shoebury Common

Thorpe Bay

Three Shells Beach, Southend

Dovercourt Bay

Brightlingsea

North East and Yorkshire

Tynemouth Longsands

King Edwards Bay

Whitley Bay

Roker

Seaburn

Saltburn-by-the-Sea

Humber

Whitby

South East

Brighton Central

Hove Lawns

Tankerton

Marina St Leonards

Hayling Island Beachlands

Sheerness Beach

Minster Leas

Minnis Bay

West Bay

St Mildreds

Botany Bay

Margate Main Sands

Stone Bay

Westbrook Bay

West Wittering Beach

South West

Blackpool Sands (Devon)

Poole Sandbanks Peninsular

Poole Shore Road

Poole Canford Cliffs

Poole Branksome Chine

Alum Chine

Bournemouth Manor Steps

Durley Chine

Fisherman's Walk

Southbourne

Carbis Bay

Gyllyngvase

Porthmeor

Great Western (Cornwall)

Porthtowan

Trevone Bay

Widemouth Bay

Sandy Bay

Exmouth

Challaborough Bay

Croyde Bay

Swanage Central

Dawlish Warren

Teignmouth Town

Breakwater Beach Torbay

Broadsands Torbay

Meadfoot Beach Torbay

Oddicombe Beach Torbay

Preston Sands Torbay

Torre Abbey Sands Torbay

Westward Ho

Weymouth Central

So well done and congratulations to everyone who has put the effort in. I am also pretty certain when I say people are not confining litter picking to just beaches. I personally pledged some months ago to pick up 5 pieces of litter a day. It has now become an ingrain habit so much so sometimes it takes me twice as long to get somewhere! I just can’t help myself! But what a good habit to have 😊

I hope you enjoyed this little article and with summer just around the corner you get to check out some of these lovely beaches. Remember to pack your metal straws and if you see some plastic straws on the beach, or any other litter for that matter - be sure to pick them up :)

Much love

  

Caroline