Protecting the environment

Conservation

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Protecting and improving the East Riding environment

Find out more about the teams that work in the East Riding Coast and Countryside to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable environment to explore and play in. Discover ways you can be part of local conservation efforts and the things to watch out for.

Meet the coastal team

Coastal Services look after 84 miles of coastline and estuary in the East Riding of Yorkshire. The team have a dual role as a commercial operation providing tourism attractions and amenities alongside a more regulatory role with statutory and voluntary responsibilities. So what does that mean?

Services and Events
Coastal Services are a customer focussed tourism team who operate a number of income generating services such as chalets and Land Trains whilst overseeing the running of the boat compounds and other concessions along the coast. This allows us to ensure that you can expect high quality services and facilities, either as a resident or visitor to the coast. We also manage the seafront paddling pools which are a great free attraction for those who prefer not to have sand between their toes.
We work with a whole host of partners to deliver a wide range of events throughout the year. It is a really diverse mix with activities to suit all tastes, ages and abilities and are held in many different locations along the coast. The team are constantly looking for new and exciting events and activities to add to the busy programme.
Accessibility
The team are aware that parts of the East Riding coast are not wholly accessible to everyone due to the unique geography of the area - from high chalk cliffs to the fastest eroding coastline in Europe. To make the beaches as accessible as we can, Coastal Services have a fleet of free to use beach wheelchairs which give an amazing amount of freedom to people who may never have experienced the beach or sea before. Running alongside the Allride adapted cycle scheme and Changing Places facilities, the East Riding coast is building a reputation for great facilities for less physically able people.
Beaches
In addition, Coastal Services administer the Seaside and Blue Flag award schemes and make sure that all of the beaches are compliant with the criteria needed to apply for and maintain the award status. We also with closely with Yorkshire Water and the Environment Agency to maintain and improve bathing water quality so the public can swim in the sea safely. We also employ the RNLI lifeguard service and work closely with them to make sure visitors to the coast are safe in and out of the water.
Wildlife
Some of the Coastal Services team have trained with the British Divers Marine Life Rescue team for the assessment of sealife washed up on our shores. This means we can quickly assess if an animal is well and resting or needs a bit of additional help. We often collect sick and injured seabirds and send them on to volunteers at Whitby Wildlife Rescue for rehabilitation.

If you would like more information about the services we deliver, please contact us on 01262 678255 or send us an email

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Meet the countryside access team

The countryside access team is responsible for some of the local nature reserves in the East Riding. The team works towards conserving and improving the reserves for their wildlife and heritage value, while providing a fantastic natural haven for everyone to visit.

Countryside officers are also responsible for ensuring that countryside walks and rides are well maintained and open for you to use and enjoy. The public rights of way network gives residents and visitors the best viewpoints, the best landscapes and the best wildlife in the East Riding.

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How you can help There are lots of ways you can help conservation efforts in the East Riding

The Friends of the Humber Bridge Country Park
Join a group of volunteers interested in the wildlife of the nature reserve. The old quarry has chalk cliffs, ponds, woodland and meadows so there is plenty to do! All are welcome to join in with weekend conservation activities at the park, take part in watching wildlife, carry out surveys or come along to a workshop or talk. To keep up to date with what's happening in the Country Park visit the website. www.humberbridgecountrypark.co.uk
The Friends of the Oak Hill Country Park
Working in partnership with the East Riding and other private landowners to create a brand new green space on the edge of Goole. The site has a range of habitats with woodland, grassland, scrub and ponds and there is huge scope for helping with conservation tasks, surveys and helping other visitors enjoy the site. The group is often active on a weekend and anyone is welcome to join in. to keep up to date with what's happening in the Country Park visit the website www.oakhillnature.org

Beach cleans

The Active Coast team organise a number of beach cleans each year. This is a great chance to get involved and help improve your community, discourage littering and make new friends in the process.

Search beach clean events Visit Surfers Against Sewage Hornsea

Worried about a wild animal or tree disease in the area?

Wild Animals

If you find an injured or sick animal then the best thing to do is to call the RSPCA on (0300) 1234 999. Alternatively you can visit the RSPCA Website for advice

Ash Dieback Disease

At a number of sites in the East Riding there are reports of Ash trees with a fungal disease known as 'Ash dieback'. The disease causes die back of the tree's crown and infects the vascular system causing blockages. The disease appears to kill saplings and young trees very quickly, often within one year. However, infected older and larger trees can take many years to die.

The countryside is still open for people to visit and the chance of the disease being spread by visitors to the countryside is low. However it is recommended that you do not pick leaves and move them from one site to another.

For more information on Ash dieback disease and how to spot the symptoms please visit The Forestry Commission website.

Report a diseased tree Go to RSPCA

Erosion

Coastal erosion is a natural process that occurs as a result of waves, tides or currents striking the shore. Sediment or rocks are washed away, typically releasing sediment into the sea and causing the coastline to retreat inland.

Recent records suggest that the East Riding coastline is eroding at an average rate of 1.5-2.5 metres per year. However, certain locations which are not defended can experience individual cliff losses of 20 metres or more due to natural processes.

The major towns of Bridlington, Hornsea and Withernsea, plus important infrastructure at Mappleton and Dimlington Gas Terminals are defended against coastal erosion. These defences are surveyed and maintained regularly to ensure that they continue to function to a high standard.

Despite this, we cannot defend the entire coastline of the East Riding. Coastal defences such as seawalls and groynes tend to be expensive, short-term options which have a high impact on the landscape or environment. It would therefore be unsustainable and inappropriate to defend all 85 kilometres (53 miles) of our coastline against coastal erosion.

Visit Coastal Explorer

Litter and pollution

Litter
Did you know over 30 million tons of litter is dropped every year in Britain? We can all agree that amounts to a lot of money spent cleaning our streets that could be better spent elsewhere. You can help by reporting litter and stopping people from spoiling our beautiful coast and countryside. Alternatively you can join a local group and help by cleaning your local area and setting a great example for others to follow.
Pollution
Many of the processes involved in industry, power generation, transportation, and domestic activities produce air pollution. A major contributor to air pollution in the UK is from traffic emissions, particularly in urban areas.Poor air quality is a significant public health issue and especially for the young, the elderly and people with existing respiratory and heart conditions.

East Riding Council monitor levels of nitrogen dioxide (NOx), which is a key pollutant from vehicle exhausts. We use a network of around 90 diffusion tubes, which are small plastic tubes that can be attached to lampposts and road signs, and are collected and changed over once a month. The results of which can be found in our annual status reports.
Report litter online
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