DAWLISH Warren beach is flying high with its latest Blue Flag award, an achievement it has held now for 26 consecutive years 

The popular beach has achieved the internationally recognised status by meeting the strict criteria used to judge water quality and well-managed beaches. 

But for the second year, Teignmouth has not reached the standards required having lost its Blue Flag last year. 

In 2023, a water quality reading at Teignmouth taken by the Environment Agency identified a source of pollution which meant the beach did not meet the necessary standards to be submitted for the Blue Flag award. 

This year, the beach will again not have the prestigious award. 

However, Teignmouth, along with Ness beach at Shaldon, Dawlish main beach and Coryton Cove will retain their Seaside Awards. 

Both awards are aimed at improving the quality of England’s coastline and promoting the country’s best beaches.

Managed by Keep Britain Tidy on behalf of the Foundation for Environmental Education, Blue Flags are only presented to beaches with water which have achieved the highest classification set by the EU Bathing Water Directive and has an environmental education programme.

Seaside Awards are presented to the best beaches in England and celebrate the quality and diversity of the coastline.

Beaches are assessed for criteria including; safety and services such as first aid and lifeguards; environmental information; water quality – Blue Flag beaches must meet the ‘excellent’ water quality standard as set out in the EU bathing water directive and Seaside Award winners must meet the 'sufficient’ standard and environmental management, including litter and waste.