Westward Ho! in top ten beachcombing beaches

WESTWARD Ho! has been placed fifth in a national poll to discover the UK s top ten beachcombing beaches. Unveiled by Miranda Krestovnikoff, TV presenter and author of Best British Beaches, the UK s top ten have been compiled by holiday cottage providers c

WESTWARD Ho! has been placed fifth in a national poll to discover the UK's top ten beachcombing beaches.

Unveiled by Miranda Krestovnikoff, TV presenter and author of Best British Beaches, the UK's top ten have been compiled by holiday cottage providers cottages4you in partnership with the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), the charity for UK seas and wildlife.

The list is based on reports received and geographical features, including rock pools, which make beachcombing more successful.

Cottages4you also asked for nominations from holidaymakers hitting the nation's coastline this summer, asking them to report their most unusual findings.


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The UK's Top Ten Beaches for Beachcombing listed are: 1, Selsey Bill, West Sussex; 2, Sandsend, Whitby; 3, Westbay, Westgate, Kent; 4, Bracelet Bay, nr Swansea; 5, Westward Ho! Beach, Devon; 6, Long Sands, Tynemouth; 7, Lizard Church Cove, Helston, Cornwall; 8, Church Ope Cove, Weymouth, Dorset;

9, Porthselau, Whitesands, Pembrokeshire; 10. Skipsea, Hornsea.

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Miranda Krestovnikoff said: "Beaches are a great place to spend a day with the family outdoors and beachcombing is a fun way to make exciting discoveries and tap into your sense of adventure. Looking at postings on the cottages4you blog, it appears holidaymakers have been having a fantastic time exploring our unique coastline this summer, finding items including amber and starfish."

Beachcombing also teaches about marine biology. This year cottages4you partnered with the MCS to help it record marine wildlife sightings such as jellyfish, which can help to further understand the ecology of the nation's coastal creatures.

Richard Harrington from the MCS said: "Every year we are amazed at the reports which come in. It's really encouraging to us that the public get behind our wildlife surveys and beach clean-ups, as the findings provide us with so much information to help protect sea life. All the fabulous beaches are also described in the MCS Good Beach Guide, which gives a guide to water quality at each site - they are well worth a visit

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