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Swimmers within the UK have been cautioned to keep away from a number of bathing spots resulting from excessive air pollution ranges.

The Environment Agency has categorized tons of of places as official bathing spots, permitting individuals to get pleasure from pure swimming areas.

However, our interactive map reveals that 18 out of 425 places have “poor” water high quality.

An indication led by Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) noticed indignant swimmers protest at greater than 30 places, from Brighton’s West Pier to Gyllyngvase Beach in Falmouth.

These protests adopted experiences of hundreds of thousands of liters of uncooked sewage being discharged into Windermere within the Lake District over a 10-hour interval in February.

This alert comes a month after hundreds marched to swimming spots nationwide, protesting uncooked sewage discharges.

On May 18, campaigners gathered at seashores, rivers, and lakes, demanding an finish to sewage discharges in all bathing and high-priority nature websites by 2030.

The Environment Agency experiences that out of its official bathing spots, 281 have “excellent” water high quality and 99 are “good”.

But 18 websites have been deemed “poor” and needs to be averted.

Of these 18 websites, 5 have been rated as acceptable final yr, with Littlestone in Kent beforehand categorized as “good”.

Three others—Porthluney in Cornwall, Southsea East in Portsmouth, and St Annes North in Blackpool—have been rated “sufficient”, whereas the River Deben Estuary in Suffolk was not listed as a showering spot final yr.

The record of spots to keep away from contains in style seaside cities corresponding to Blackpool North, Bridlington South Beach, Bognor Regis (Aldwick), Scarborough South Bay, and three places in Weston-super-Mare.

The Environment Agency has additionally issued everlasting warnings in opposition to swimming at 4 official bathing websites.

Throughout the yr, the company assessments water high quality at these websites for dangerous micro organism corresponding to Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Intestinal enterococci.

Each website is rated primarily based on yearly check outcomes as “excellent”, “good”, “sufficient”, or “poor”. The rankings on the map mirror the Environment Agency’s water assessments performed all through 2023.

Water high quality: Poor

Blackpool North

Bognor Regis (Aldwick)

Bridlington South Beach

Dunster Beach




River Deben Estuary, Waldringfield

Scarborough South Bay

Southsea East

St Annes North

St Mary’s Bay (Kent)

Tynemouth Cullercoats

Weston Main

Weston-super-Mare Sand Bay

Weston-super-Mare Uphill Slipway

Wharfe at Cromwell, Ilkley

Wolvercote Mill Stream

Permanent recommendation in opposition to bathing is in place at these spots

Clacton (Groyne 41)


Ilfracombe Wildersmouth

Burnham Jetty North