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The Marine Conservation Society's Good Beach Guide is a free of charge guide to help you find a clean beach in the UK. You can safeguard the future of our seas, shores and wildlife by supporting MCS's work by joining, making a donation, adopting a turtle or simply spreading the word.

We only give MCS Recommended status to beaches with the best water quality.

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Record number of UK bathing beaches have excellent water quality

news image Record number of UK bathing beaches have excellent water quality

The latest MCS Good Beach Guide has recommended 538 UK bathing beaches for their excellent water quality - 135 more than the previous year. Just 14 beaches failed to reach minimum water quality standards.


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Disgusting tide of litter threatens UK beaches

news image Disgusting tide of litter threatens UK beaches

Our latest Beachwatch report reveals the highest number of litter items per kilometre surveyed in the project's 20 year history. Welsh and North West beaches are worst, whilst Scotland and the South West are below the national average.

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Explore the shore after the storms

news image Explore the shore after the stormsFind out what has been washing up. And when the weather is calmer, and you have a chance to safely get out on the beach - here are some things you can do.

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Changing winds on land and sea

news image Changing winds on land and seaGovernment set to cut support for onshore wind and solar energy, but give more backing to offshore wind power. Good news as long as habitat and widlife impacts minimised says MCS

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English single use carrier bag consultaton now open

news image English single use carrier bag consultaton now open The Government will introduce a 5p charge on single use carrier bags in October 2015. However, the devil may end up being in the detail > so now is your chance to have your say

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No excuse to make bad fish choices as MCS app launched on Android

news image No excuse to make bad fish choices as MCS app launched on Android

Pollock or pilchards, seabass or salmon tonight? MCS seafood app now on Android and supported by Waitrose. Help in the palm for consumers confused about which fish to eat. >> More

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International microbead App launched

New App scans barcodes to alert shoppers to plastic content of personal care products as 'Beat the Microbead' goes global. >> More 

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No reason for delay on carrier bag charge

Is the single-use bag charge for England already watered down by a delay until 2015 and only in stores that employ more than 250 people? >> More

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