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South Landing beach nominated for the Beach of the Year award

South Landing beach has been nominated for the Beach of the Year award in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2015/16.

Now in their fifth year, the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards are a celebration of the countryside and its people – from great heritage attractions and favourite holiday destinations, to the best nature reserves, and this year, South Landing beach in Flamborough has been nominated.

To narrow down contenders, BBC Countryfile Magazine asked experts in each field to draw up a shortlist of nominees for each category. Amongst the nominations are beaches from Pembrokeshire, Merseyside, Alderney in the Channel Islands and Applecross, Wester Ross in the Highlands.

South Landing beach has been recognised for its “spectacular chalk cliffs and glorious rockpools” and “shallow chalk reefs, kelp forests and breeding sea birds”.

Councillor Richard Burton, portfolio holder for civic wellbeing and culture, said: “This is fantastic news for the East Riding and I am proud that South Landing beach has been nominated for such a popular award.

“It is brilliant to be nominated and I hope that people will help us to be nationally recognised by voting for their local beach.”

Anthony Hurd, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s Living Seas Centre Manager, said: “Being based at South Landing is perfect for us to engage school children from across the region and many visitors with the wonderful marine wildlife we have here.

“At low tide, the exposed chalk reef makes for fantastic rock pooling. This hard substrate allows a myriad of different seaweeds to attach, offering food and hiding places for many types of animal. As many as eight different species of crab can be found on a good day, alongside many different types of snail, worm and fish.

“Looking out to sea you may catch a glimpse of the local birds. These vary with the season – in summer look for guillemots and gannets flying past, while in winter you may be lucky enough to see a red-throated diver or eider duck.”

It is now down to the public to vote for their countryside favourites. Readers can either vote online on the BBC Countryfile Magazine website www.countryfile.com/awards2015-16 or via post BBC Countryfile Magazine, Tower House, Bristol BS1 3BN.

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