The high standard of Brean Beach's sea water quality has earned it a recommendation in the 2005 Good Beach Guide, which has just been published by the Marine Conservation Society.
The Marine Conservation Society recommended Brean (pictured right) for its high water standards and the fact that any sewage in the area is treated adequately.
In Burnham, the stretch of beach around the jetty earned a basic pass, while the water near the Yacht Club was not tested this year.
Further along the coast, Berrow Beach north of Unity Farm was given a basic pass, while Berrow South was not tested.
Brean Beach, near Brean Farm, was awarded a basic pass, but it was the main beach at Brean that earned the highest 'recommended' rating.
The Marine Conservation Society recommended 75% of beaches in the South West for their excellent water quality - 147 out of 196 monitored.
that the South West coast is particularly vulnerable to pollution from
farm land, but continued investment in the waste water infrastructure
by the utility companies, particularly with regard to Combined Sewer
Overflows, has paid large dividends in terms of bathing water quality,
despite the high summer rainfall of 2004.
Earlier in 2005, beaches at Burnham, Berrow and Brean received the 2005 EnCams Seaside Award, putting them among the top coastal resorts in the country. The award is only given to beaches that comply with current legislation, including the regular testing of bathing water, and the provision of facilities for visitors.