The beaches at Burnham on Sea, Berrow and Brean are monitored for Bathing Water Quality by the Environment Agency between May and September. This allows the Environment Agency to classify each beach in accordance with EU Bathing Water directives. More details on the sampling and beach classifications can be found below.
Bathing waters at designated beaches are sampled and tested by the Environment Agency as part of the requirements under the new EU Bathing Water Directive (2006/7/EC) which came into force in 2006. This directive includes a new sampling and testing regime which is twice as strict as the previous directive. It also requires the Environment Agency to publish profiles for all bathing waters in England and Wales. These profiles describe the bathing water, sources of pollution and management measures and the location of the sampling point. Each designated beach in Europe will receive a bathing water classification.
The detailed Environment Agency bathing water profiles for Burnham, Berrow and Brean can be found on the Environment Agency website: Bathing Water Profiles for Sedgemoor. Signs are also in place at beach entrances which indicate the bathing water classifications as either 'Excellent', 'Good' or 'Poor'.
The current bathing water classifications for each beach are detailed in the table below:
Current EU Bathing Water Classification
Burnham on sea
For more information on Sedgemoor's beaches and bathing water quality please click on the link to our information leaflet produced in partnership with the Litter Free Coast and Sea Somerset: Bathing Water Quality information leaflet for Sedgemoor Beaches [1.27MB]
For more information on the work Sedgemoor District Council and partners are completing in relation to bathing water please visit Litter Free Coast and Sea Somerset, or call 02920 874 713, or follow @LFSCSomerset on Twitter, or litterfreesomerset on Facebook.