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Calling all Beachgoers: How do you spend your time at the beach?

This Summer, Litter Free Dorset and Dorset Coast Forum have launched a new survey to discover how and where you spend your beach days. They want to know all about your top beach spots, favourite water activities, and thoughts on litter and water cleanliness.

Dorset’s coastline is home to some of the UK’s most precious landscapes; the Jurassic Coast and Southwest Coast Path beckon adventurous hikers and dog walkers alike, and our beaches are host to a fantastic range of water sport activities. It’s important to protect these beautiful beaches for everyone to enjoy, so whether you live locally or are visiting Dorset, Litter Free Dorset need your input to inform future projects on the Dorset coastline.

So, dive in and help make our beaches in Dorset even better! The survey “How You Spend Your Time at Beaches Across Dorset” can be accessed via the link below:

How you spend your time at beaches across Dorset | Dorset Coast Have Your Say

Over the past five years Litter Free Dorset has collaborated with coastal communities to deliver projects which aim to reduce litter and enhance bathing water quality, such as promoting water refill points, installing cigarette butt bins and toy libraries, and empowering local artists to create inspirational street art in public spaces. Furthering understanding of how people spend their time on Dorset’s beaches will not only help with the development of future projects, but also identify where further water quality monitoring should be prioritised.

Sophie Carpenter from Litter Free Dorset says:

“While existing platforms such as Swimfo and the Safer Seas and Rivers apps provide data on water quality, the information is usually 24 hours old, therefore there is a growing demand for more real-time water quality monitoring. By taking part in this survey, you are helping shape the future of water quality monitoring across the Dorset coastline.”

Not a water sports enthusiast? Litter Free Dorset still want to hear from you! The insights gathered from this survey will be shared with local town and parish councils, potentially influencing enhancements to current coastal amenities. So, whether you’re a leisurely stroller, dog walker, kitesurfer, sunbather or litter picker, your voice matters!

The survey only takes 5 minutes to complete so grab a cuppa and share how you spend your beach days. To find out more or to request a paper survey please get in touch via email: litterfreedorset@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk

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