14 beaches in Devon and Cornwall have over the two week break and 4 extra will be patrolled over the bank holiday weekendRead the full story ›
Sand chairs that mean people with disabilities can access the beach are now available at ten sites in Cornwall.
Normal wheelchairs do not work well on sand, which can also damage them.
Cornwall Mobility has taken over the fleet and has created an online map showing where they can be hired.
Find out more here.
Hundreds of pink plastic bottles have washed up on the coast of Cornwall at Poldhu beach, near Mullion. A clean-up operation is underway.Read the full story ›
Three beaches in the West Country have failed to meet new EU standards for bathing water.
Ilfracombe, Instow and East Looe were all rated as 'poor', and by May next year they'll have to be signs up to advise against swimming.
Water quality can be affected by rainwater and sewage.
RNLI lifeguard patrols have now finished on the majority of beaches across Devon and Cornwall as the summer draws to a close.
But lifeguards will remain on duty into October on a number of the region's busiest beaches for those people wishing to get into the water in the autumn.
There's a warning that the recent heavy rain could affect water quality at some beaches in the region. It's caused by run-off from fields and outfall pipes getting into the sea.
South West Water says the problem won't last long but people should check its 'beach live' service for information.
A campaign has begun in the south west to try to keep beaches across the UK free of rubbish.
Beach goers are being urged to spend just two minutes picking up the debris that's washed ashore. It's estimated that 2,000 items of rubbish are found on every kilometre of beach in the country - most of it discarded plastic.
I hope this will make a significant difference. Obviously me going out on a beach today and spending two minutes isn't going to make a dent in the problem that is marine litter but with enough people doing it I think we can make a difference and I hope we start to change attitudes as well.
Dog owners are being warned to avoid lumps of palm oil that are being washed up on beaches in East Devon.
The substance, which forms clumps like candle wax, can be fatal. It's previously washed up on beaches in Cornwall.
The local council is asking people to report any findings.
A leading Cornish businessman is urging Cornwall Council to apply for blue flags on some of its beaches.Read the full story ›
The Marine Conservation Society says it's hoping record numbers of volunteers turn out for a nationwide beach cleaning event later in the month. It's organising clean-ups around the south west coast including Dawlish Warren and Babbacombe.