Water pollution

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GSPCA: 'Keep an eye out for oily birds'

BBC Spotlight

An animal charity is urging people to watch out for birds covered in oil at local beaches in the Channel Islands.

There's been an increase in the number of birds affected, especially around Guernsey.

The Guernsey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has taken in six guillemots. Two are recovering but the others were dead or have since died.

Steve Byrne, from the GSPCA, said that they were highly concerned about the animals...

Cumbria has six "excellent" beaches, but swimmers advised to avoid Allonby South

Sian Hall

BBC Radio Cumbria

Thirteen bathing areas on Cumbria's coastline and lake shores have had their water quality tested by the Environment Agency, and six of them have been classed as excellent.

But one beach, Allonby South, has been judged poor, and bathing there is no longer advised. Since 2015 its quality had been classed as 'sufficient'.

A short distance up the coast, the water at Allonby is rated 'good', which is the second highest classification.

Of the six areas with 'excellent' water quality, four of them are in the lake at Windermere. The other two are at Silecroft (below) and St Bees.

Silecroft beach

The water at two beaches was classed as being only 'sufficient', and four areas had water deemed to be 'good'.