Visit our beaches but please take only pictures and memories

Published on Thursday 16 June 2022

It’s perhaps not a common-known fact that taking sand or stones from the beach is against the law.

When someone happens across a beautiful wave-worn pebble, a full understanding of the Coast Protection Act 1949 isn’t really uppermost in their mind as they slip the wondrous wee stone into their pocket.

One stone won’t matter will it?

Visit our beaches but please take only pictures and memories

Perhaps not, but another, then another…then multiply that by the many thousands of people who visit our beaches throughout the year and who might just take a keepsake. Even then, isn’t it just a drop in the North Sea?

Well not really. Every stone plays its part in our natural coastal defences and in protection from the continued and increasing threat of coastal erosion and flooding.

The greatest threat comes from the deliberate plundering of our coastal resources by people who remove sand, stones, cobbles and pebbles by the bag load for use in their gardens. Some areas in the UK have reported this type of activity happening on an industrial scale.

These people in particular need to be aware that it is an offence to remove materials from the seashore under the Coast Protection Act 1949.

We have six award winning beaches in Angus – Keep Scotland Beautiful announced their success last week and we want everyone who visits them to enjoy them to the full this summer.

So, if you are visiting a beach in Angus, enjoy your day but please only take pictures and memories with you when you leave – oh, and any litter you may have to ensure that others can enjoy our beaches too.