Beach safety this Summer

Schools are out and many West Country families are heading for the region's beaches. Here are some tips to stay safe this Summer.

Dog ban row continues in St Ives

As a consultation about banning dogs from some St Ives beaches nears its end, dog owners have come together to fight the plans

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The world's best beaches

The south west has some of the best beaches in the world. That's according to Keep Britain Tidy, which has just announced its annual Blue Flag Awards. 44 beaches across the region received awards. England as a whole has been ranked in the top ten across the world for Blue Flag beaches.

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Keep Britain Tidy says our beaches are some of the best in the world Credit: ITV Westcountry

'Stay safe' warning from RNLI

Tourists heading to the South West's beaches over the bank holiday weekend are being reminded by the RNLI to stay safe. Despite the weather, the charity is anticipating a busy weekend. It's just started lifeguard patrols at 34 beaches across Cornwall, Devon and Dorset.

Beachgoers are advised to swim and bodyboard in supervised areas marked out by red and yellow flags.

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Views on dog bans

Dog owner Gill Parker comes to St Ives on holiday twice a year. She says any further bans would put her off.

It would mean that we would have to find somewhere else to go and I think that's a great shame. I think if you look around St Ives at times like this there are lots of people with dogs and they obviously come for the same reason, they can bring their dogs on the beach. I think if they can't do that it will have an impact on St Ives, they're going to lose a lot of revenue in the shops, in the accomodation.

– Gill Parker, Dog owner

The proposals being looked at by the town council have come about because of concerns over fouling and dogs not being under control.

Dogs can cause a problem on beaches, particularly those used by families and children. We've had children being covered in dog mess because it's been buried in the sand, also people are frightened by dogs running loose, and we've also had problems of dogs relieving themselves against rocks and it runs into rockpools that children are playing in.

– Mayor Ron Tulley

Walk on the beach feels better than a walk in the park

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Researchers found seaside air had a more positive effect than the countryside or an urban park. Credit: ITV Westcountry

A study has found that a walk on the beach is more likely to create a feeling of well-being than a walk in the park. Researchers in Truro examined nearly 3,000 people to see the effects of different types of outdoor environments on them.

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