Schools are out and many West Country families are heading for the region's beaches. Here are some tips to stay safe this Summer.
As a consultation about banning dogs from some St Ives beaches nears its end, dog owners have come together to fight the plans
The RNLI has issued a major warning to beach-goers after a series of sea rescues.
Plans to ban dogs from some of Cornwall's most popular beaches go out to consultation for twelve weeks from today. The proposals could see a permanant year-round ban on dogs at St Ives Harbour beach.
Four beaches in Devon have lost their blue flag status - for safety and cleanliness. 18 in the South West HAVE won flags - 6 in Cornwall and 12 in Devon.
Croyde Bay and Woolacombe Sands in North Devon, Bigbury-on-Sea in South Devon and Preston Sands in Torbay all lost the coveted status.
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.
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.
St Ives Town Council has voted to go ahead with a consultation on proposals for a year round dog ban on one beach and a summer time ban on four others. The consultation will last 12 weeks. Dog walkers are furious at plans to ban them from some of Cornwall's most popular beaches.
Kathy Wardle reports on how dog walkers are furious at plans to ban them from some of Cornwall's most popular beaches. The changes could see a permanent year round ban on dogs in St Ives harbour.St Ives Town Council will discuss whether to extend the current bans on its beaches this evening.
Dog owner Gill Parker comes to St Ives on holiday twice a year. She says any further bans would put her off.
– Gill Parker, Dog owner
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.
The proposals being looked at by the town council have come about because of concerns over fouling and dogs not being under control.
– Mayor Ron Tulley
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.
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.