County Waterford, Ireland
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Waterford Blue Flag Beaches
Waterford currently has three designated blue flag beaches in which applications are submitted yearly in an attempt to gain blue flag status.
Bunmahon Beach is a sliver of golden sand backed by sand dunes and protected by tall cliffs. A Blue Flag beach, it’s safe and clean, with lifeguards on duty during July and August. Head to the top of the cliffs for panoramic coastal views. Nearby are hidden coves as well as remnants of the area’s copper mining industry. The Mining Trail is just one of the routes that passes this way
Clonea is an extensive popular sandy beach. The beach itself is wide, sloping gently and more then a mile long. The beach is lifeguarded throughout the bathing season. There are camping and caravan parks nearby. Clonea beach can be accessed by driving from Dungarvan east on the R675 towards the coast following signs for Clonea.
Tramore beach is popular for beach angling. The estuary flowing into the back strand has produced a number of specimen flounder and bass in recent years. Other species in the nearby coastal waters include pollock, dogfish, dabs, coalfish and whiting. The cliffs around the resort offer excellent rock and reef fishing.
Blue Flag Beaches
What is the Blue Flag?
The Blue Flag is a voluntary eco-label awarded to over 3500 beaches and marinas in 33 countries in the Northern hemisphere. The Blue Flag Programme is owned and operated by the independent non-profit organisation the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).
Blue Flag Award Ireland
In Ireland the Blue Flag is operated by An Taisce - The National Trust for Ireland. An Taisce have over 20 years experience of operating the Blue Flag Programme and maintains excellent links at a national and international level with organisations involved in beach management.
Blue Flag Criteria
The award of a Blue Flag beach is based on compliance with 32 criteria covering the aspects of:
1) Environmental Education and Information
2) Water Quality
3) Environmental Management
4) Safety and Services
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