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North Wales beaches: 45 Score Top Rating in Water Quality Tests

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Marine Conservation Society says the dry weather last year has helped to improve the water quality.


North Wales Beaches have  been given a major vote of confidence with many scoring excellent water quality standards in the  latest report.


In total 45 of the region’s beaches were given the top “Recommended” rating according to The Good  Beach Guide, launched by the Marine Conservation Society.


Llandudno West Shore and Criccieth were two of the stand out  successes which went from “Fail” –  the fourth and bottom level last  year, to “Recommended” this year.


Barkby Beach and Prestatyn in  Denbighshire got  top marks.


Seven in Conwy were “Recommended” including Kinmel Bay,  Old Colwyn, Penmaenmawr and  Llanfairfechan.


Anglesey maintained its fantastic reputation for having great  beaches with the vast majority – 21  of them – achieving the top level. They included Llanddona,  Traeth Bach, Rhosneigr and Aberffraw.


Fifteen of Gwynedd’s 18 beaches  were also “Recommended” by the  guide including Morfa Dinlle, Harlech and Barmouth – although Aberdyfi  dropped from “Mandatory”  to a “Fail”.


There were a few other drops  with Abererch dipping to  the  second  “Guideline” Category and  Llandudno North Shore from “Recommended to “Mandatory” – the  third level.


Flintshire’s only beach, Talacre,  stayed at its “Mandatory” level.


One of Wales’ driest summers  has resulted in more bathing  beaches than last year being ‘Recommended’ for their excellent  water quality in the guide’.


In total 109 out of 152 (71.7%)  Welsh beaches tested during last  summer as having excellent water  quality –  11 more than last  year.


MCS Wales Programme Manager, Gill Bell, said: It’s great news  that we are able to recommend so  many North Wales beaches for excellent water  quality and it shows just how good  our beaches can be.”


“The main challenge now is  maintaining these standards,  whatever the weather.”


Most people don’t realise what a  big impact the weather can have on  bathing water quality, she said.


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