The best and worst of Britain’s beaches, using your photos

The Guardian reports, 27th June 2013: “It’s not been great news recently for the British beach, according the Marine Conservation Society, the number of cigarette butts littering UK beaches actually doubled last year and almost two-thirds of the litter recorded was plastic and therefore unlikely to break down. It seems that wet weather in the UK may also have taken its toll by causing more raw sewage to be discharged from the waste water system; the number of British beaches classed as “excellent” for the quality of their bathing water fell from 82% in 2011 to 58.2% in 2012.

Rubbish left on a beach in Dover, Kent

Rubbish left on a beach in Dover, Kent.
Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA

The Guardian advises: “Whether you want to recommend an outstanding beach or show us what’s spoiling your coastline or affecting the marine life, please contribute a photograph or video via GuardianWitness. We’re hoping to create a map of the best – and the worst.

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GuardianWitness is the home of user-generated content on the Guardian. Contribute your video, pictures and stories, and browse news, reviews and creations submitted by others. Posts will be published on GuardianWitness, and the best pieces featured on the Guardian site.

Source: The Guardian, 27th June 2013. For the full text, visit

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