Well, watch where you step or you could be in for a big surprise.
The Good Beach Guide, published by the Marine Conservation Society came out on Friday. I’ve pasted the link, as its quite an interesting and informative site.
The good news is: 8 beaches have been recommended, an increase on 6 beaches in 2005.
The bad news is: Newcastle in County Down was issued with a warning, and its water quality was judged to be poor as a result of the discharge of raw sewage. The MCS said “Northern Ireland Water service was responsible for 23.5% of all water pollution incidents in 2005, but are now due to spend £420 million in wastewater treatment works and sewer network upgrades”
The beaches on the recommended list are: Tyrella, White Rocks (Portrush), Cranfield, Crawfordsburn, Helen’s Bay, Murlough (near Newcastle) and 2 at Magilligan.
So, if you go down to the beach today, mind how you go. It’s not always seaweed you’re stepping over, it seems. The photo is just a random one from the beach in Rostrevor which is an absolute disgrace and open dumping site, from all appearances.