England’s best beaches have been revealed as campaigners hailed the "Attenborough effect" for an increase in awards for being safe and clean.

Keep Britain Tidy has announced the winners of 71 Blue Flags and 137 Seaside Awards – an increase of 18 beaches on 2018.

The awards are quality marks for beaches and mean they are clean, safe and meet high environmental and bathing water quality standards.

It comes as a survey by Keep Britain Tidy found more than half (54%) of people said nature documentaries fronted by Sir David Attenborough had encouraged them to personally clear up discarded litter.

Sky News has also been running its successful Ocean Rescue campaign to cut plastic pollution and clean up our oceans.

Allison Ogden-Newton, chief executive of Keep Britain Tidy, said: We as individuals feel emotionally connected to the environment more than ever, with so many experiencing eco-anxiety.

We’re incredibly pleased to have even more winners this year than last, proving the great dedication of the beach staff.

From environmental education for the local community and ensuring responsible beach use, to cleaning regimes and an increasing number of recycling facilities, it is a full-time commitment to create beaches worthy of the awards.

The 71 beaches awarded Blue Flags in 2019 are:

East Midlands

Ingoldmells South

Central Beach, Mablethorpe

Central Beach, Skegness

Central Beach, Sutton on Sea

Cleethorpes Central

East of England


Sea Palling



East Runton

West Runton

East Beach, Shoeburyness

Shoebury Common

Thorpe Bay

Three Shells Beach, Southend

Dovercourt Bay


North East and Yorkshire

Tynemouth Longsands

King Edwards Bay

Whitley Bay






South East

Brighton Central

Hove Lawns


Marina St Leonards

Hayling Island Beachlands

Sheerness Beach

Minster Leas

Minnis Bay

West Bay

St Mildreds

Botany Bay

Margate Main Sands

Stone Bay

Westbrook Bay

West Wittering Beach

South West

Blackpool Sands (Devon)

Poole Sandbanks Peninsular

Poole Shore Road

Poole Canford Cliffs

Poole Branksome Chine

Alum Chine

Bournemouth Manor Steps

Durley Chine

Fisherman’s Walk


Carbis Bay



Great Western (Cornwall)


Trevone Bay

Widemouth Bay

Sandy Bay


Challaborough Bay

Croyde Bay

Swanage Central

Dawlish Warren

Teignmouth Town

Breakwater Beach Torbay

Broadsands Torbay

Meadfoot Beach Torbay

Oddicombe Beach Torbay

Preston Sands Torbay

Torre Abbey Sands Torbay

Westward Ho!

Weymouth Central

:: Sky’s Ocean Rescue campaign encourages people to reduce their single-use plastics. You can find out more about the campaign and how to get involved at www.skyoceanrescue.com.

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