2019:  Yet another year of awards for Bude’s Beaches

The beaches of Bude have always been fantastic. Thanks to the work of local environmental groups (like A Greener Bude) with the support of the wider community, three of Bude’s beaches have been awarded a mix of the internationally recognised Blue Flag and Seaside Awards.

Widemouth Bay:  Blue Flag and Seaside Award
Summerleaze Beach:  Seaside Award
Crooklets Beach:  Seaside Award

We’re proud to say that Bude is home to one of just seven Blue Flag Beaches and three of 13 Seaside Award Beaches in Cornwall.

The iconic Blue Flag, an international quality mark for beaches, reassure visitors and locals alike that Bude’s beaches are clean, safe and recommended, boosting tourism, business and helping inspire return visits. Blue Flags and Seaside Awards are only awarded to coastal destinations that boast the highest qualities of water, facilities, safety, keep clean programmes, environmental education and management.

Environmental Education and Information

  • Information about the Blue Flag must be displayed at the beach.
  • Environmental education activities must be offered and promoted to beach users.
  • Information about bathing water quality must be displayed.
  • Information relating to local eco-systems and environmental phenomena must be displayed.
  • A map of the beach indicating different facilities must be displayed.
  • A code of conduct that reflects appropriate laws governing the use of the beach and surrounding areas must be displayed.

Water Quality

  • The beach must fully comply with the water quality sampling and frequency requirements.
  • The beach must fully comply with the standards and requirements for water quality analysis.
  • No industrial, waste-water or sewage-related discharges should affect the beach area.
  • The beach must achieve ‘excellent’ water quality as set out in the Bathing Water Directive.

Environmental Management

  • The local authority / beach operator should establish a beach management committee.
  • The local authority / beach operator must comply with all regulations affecting the location and operation of the beach.
  • The beach must be clean.
  • Algae vegetation or natural debris should be left on the beach (exceptions apply).
  • Bins must be available at the beach and they must be regularly emptied.
  • Facilities for the separation of recyclable waste materials should be available at the beach.
  • Toilet facilities must be provided.
  • The toilet or restroom facilities must be kept clean.
  • The toilet or restroom facilities must have controlled sewage disposal.
  • There should be no unauthorised camping, driving or dumping of waste on the beach.
  • During the bathing season dogs must be excluded from the award area of the beach.
  • All buildings and beach equipment must be properly maintained.
  • Coral reefs in the vicinity of the beach must be monitored.
  • A sustainable means of transportation should be promoted in the beach area.

Safety and Services

  • If appropriate, an adequate number of lifeguards and/or lifesaving equipment must be available at the beach.
  • First aid equipment must be available on the beach.
  • Emergency plans to cope with pollution risks must be in place.
  • There must be management of beach users and events to prevent conflicts and accidents.
  • There must be safety measures in place to protect beach users.
  • A supply of drinking water should be available at the beach.
  • Wheelchair access and accessibility features must be in place for at least one Blue Flag beach in each municipality.

Information

  • Information about the Seaside Award must be displayed at the beach.
  • If applicable, information about bathing water quality must be displayed.
  • A map of the beach indicating different facilities must be displayed.
  • A code of conduct, that reflects appropriate laws governing the use of the beach and surrounding areas, should be displayed.

Water Quality

  • The beach must fully comply with the water quality sampling and frequency requirements.
  • The beach must fully comply with the standards and requirements for water quality analysis.
  • No industrial, waste-water or sewage-related discharges should affect the beach area.
  • At designated bathing waters from 2016 the water quality should be graded as ‘sufficient’ as set out in the Bathing Water Directive. (In 2015, bathing beaches should of mandatory standard.)
  • At non bathing beaches, there should be no promotion of water based activities such as swimming, surfing, etc

Environmental Management

  • The local authority / beach operator should establish a beach management committee.
  • The local authority / beach operator must comply with all regulations affecting the location and operation of the beach.
  • The beach must be clean.
  • Algae vegetation or natural debris should be left on the beach (exceptions apply).
  • Bins must be available at the beach and they must be regularly emptied.
  • Facilities for the separation of recyclable waste materials should be available at the beach.
  • If appropriate, toilet facilities should be provided.
  • If provided, the toilet facilities must be kept clean and have controlled sewage disposal.
  • There should be no unauthorised camping, driving or dumping of waste on the beach.
  • At resort style beaches dogs must be excluded from the award area of the beach during the bathing season.
  • If a dog ban is not in force during the bathing season, a clear dog control policy must be in place before an award can be made.
  • All buildings and beach equipment must be properly maintained.

Safety and Services

  • If appropriate, an adequate number of lifeguards and / or lifesaving equipment must be available at the beach.
  • If appropriate first aid equipment must be available on the beach.
  • Emergency plans to cope with pollution risks must be in place.
  • The beach should be subject to an up-to-date risk assessment and any recommendations should be acted upon.

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