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Maidens

South Ayrshire

North of the harbour, Maidens is a small village with a long sandy beach and a grassy foreshore.

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Water Quality

Annual classification:

2016 Good

Today's Forecast

Pollution risk forecasts are not made at this site.

Facilities at Maidens beach

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Parking

There are two car parks close to the beach.

Dog restrictions

No current information

Beach cleaning

No current information

Lifeguards

None

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Activities

The beach and area are used for fishing and sailing. There is a horse riding school and this is a good destination for bird watching - Swan Pond is north of the beach and has some fantastic wildlife, from frogs to wildfowl and bats - there is a hide on the northern part of the pond.

Wildlife and Walks

Explore the country park to the north and there are marked trails from Culzean Castle. Try the walking route to Maidens from Culzean: https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/glasgow/culzean-castle.shtml See Marine Wildlife sightings at this beach

Beach type: bay, harbour, sand,

Beach Location

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Water Quality

What's tested here?

Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, during the bathing season, from 1st June to 15th September. Find out more about designated bathing waters.

High levels of bacteria in the water can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works or polluted rain water draining from the land. Where does pollution comes from and how can you help?

Water quality can be reduced for up to 72 hours after heavy rain. Look out for temporary signs at the beach and on our website.

Annual classification

2016 Good

What’s does this mean?

At the end of every bathing season the water quality is classified as either-

Excellent – the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest
Good – generally good water quality
Sufficient – meets minimum standards
Poor – You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

Today's Forecast

Pollution risk forecasts are not made at this site.

Safety, Weather & Tides

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This weather forecast is generated by the Met Office Weather Widget

Potential hazards at this beach

Tidal
cut-off
Deep
shelving

Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

Non-lifeguarded locations For those who can’t make it to a lifeguarded beach:

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Beach Cleans

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Our volunteers have been surveying rubbish on  UK beaches for over 20 years. In that time shoreline litter had more than doubled and plastic has gone up by 180%!

MCS beach cleans are run all year round All year round Beach Clean events with our flagship event 'Great British Beach Clean' Great British Beach Clean - 18th to 21st Sept in September.

Volunteers record the litter they find - we use this information to help Governments and industry understand how to stop the rubbish getting there in the first place. We also promote behaviour change among the public using the data collected.

MCS Beach clean events

Within 10 miles of Maidens beach

There are currently no beach cleans within 10 miles of this beach!

All of our cleans are run by volunteers so why not organise your own? We’ve got loads of information to help you get started.

Click here to see all events around the UK.

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Small changes, big differences

litter bin icon Take your rubbish home - don’t try and cram more stuff into already overflowing beach bins

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Toilet icon Only put the 3P's down the loo - Pee, Poo and Paper - everything else goes in the bin!

Fancy a fish dish?

Find an eatery with a Fish2fork sustainable seafood rating within 10 miles of Maidens beach

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We rate restaurants according to the impact the seafood they serve has on fish stocks and the health of our oceans.

Along with MCS we want all seafood served in the UK to be sustainable.

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Sustainable Blue fish - serving sustainable seafood
Sustainable Red fish – one or more fish options on the menu is an MCS Fish to Avoid

There are currently no restuarants listed within 10 miles of this beach!

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Wildlife Spotting

You never know what kinds of wildife you'll come across at the beach. We're interested in what you find - especially if you come across jellyfish, basking sharks or turtles. Tell us what you find.

Find out the latest news and information on marine wildlife from around the UK.

Note: This page shows reports of sightings of jellyfish, basking sharks and turtles ONLY, as MCS holds national databases for these species. Don't be alarmed if it looks like there are lots of jellyfish in the area, they are fascinating creatures. We always advise "look but don't touch".

Latest reported sightings

Within 10 miles of Maidens beach

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Jeff Cowie
on 2 Jul 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Morag Nicholson
on 30 Jun 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by James Mcintosh
on 22 Jun 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Danielle Berry
on 10 Jun 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Paul Smart
on 31 May 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Linda Godfrey
on 31 May 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Thomas Cameron
on 31 May 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Gillean Buchanan
on 27 May 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by John Dobson
on 22 May 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Cath Varley
on 2 May 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Graham Smith
on 6 Apr 2017

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