If you leave dog waste on the pavement it could end up washed into drains that lead directly to the sea, this water will not have been treated first. Also, if you leave it on the beach it washes into the sea at high tide or during stormy weather.
All these factors increase bacteria levels in our bathing water, effecting the water quality and people’s health.
Please make sure you have poo bags when out with your dog.
You can’t always use BBQs on the beach. Check with the local authority for any rules or regulations that may apply to the area you wish to visit.
BBQs are often left on beaches, and sometimes aren’t even put out fully, or may be covered in stones by the user. This leaves the potential danger of humans or wildlife being burned as sand and shingle on beaches can remain hot for hours after a BBQ has been there, even if the BBQ itself was disposed of correctly. Please ensure you make sure the whole area is cool to touch and dispose of all BBQ paraphernalia before leaving.
Ghost nets are fishing nets that have been left or lost in the ocean by fishermen. These nets, often nearly invisible in the dim light, can be left tangled on a rocky reef or drifting in the open sea. Wildlife can easily get entangled in the netting causing loss of life.
Sea Anglers sometimes leave behind fishing wire and hooks on the beaches. Although this may not be intentional these can still be a danger to both human and animals as hooks can get stuck in feet and the wire, often clear/invisible, can get tangled around wildlife.
HOW DOES THIS AFFECT US LOCALLY?
In 2019 both Bexhill beach and Hastings The Pelham beach received a bathing water quality rating of “sufficient”, based on samples from 2016 to 2019. Ratings for 2021 have yet to be announced. These ratings are based on bacteria levels of Intestinal Enterococci (IE) and Escherichia coli (EC). These bacteria levels can be directly affected by the build-up of dog litter.
Clean Seas Please come across dog litter and netting from fishing activities on EVERY beach clean we do. There is a high volume of fisherman across the area, however, netting has been found to have come from much further afield or from foreign ships. You will likely find a vast array of netting, fishing wire and hooks on the Strandline (high tide mark) when you next visit the beach.