Idyllic Beaches: Greve de Lecq, 'Recommended'

Island’s Beaches Excel for Water Cleanliness

13 of Jersey’s 16 beaches have received a top rating by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) for 2014.

The MSC Good Beach Guide looks at data on water quality supplied by authorities across the British Isles, including Jersey, Guernsey and The Isle of Man, to assess standards of cleanliness.

Jersey beaches which achieved the highest standard – ‘Recommended’ – included some of the island’s most picturesque spots like Portelet, Beauport and St Ouen’s in the west, and Rozel, Grouville and Green Island in the east. Popular swimming spots like Victoria Pool and Havre de Pas were also ‘Recommended’ along with Plémont, Grève de Lecq, La Haule and Archirondel.

St Brelade slipped from ‘Recommended’ in 2013 to ‘Guideline’ this year, which meant 80% of water samples tested last summer did not exceed 100 E.Coli per 100ml.

Clean Beaches: All of Jersey's beaches passed tests

 Bouley Bay and Bonne Nuit, two working harbours in the north of the island, fared less well, achieving the ‘Mandatory’ standard.

This year’s MCS Good Beach Guide includes 538 ‘Recommended’ sites across the British Isles out of 734 - over 135 more than in 2013.

Only 14 beaches tested failed to meet minimum water quality standards, one of which was Ladies Bay, Guernsey, which slipped from ‘Recommended’ to ‘Fail’.

Bonne Nuit: Harbour beach on North Coast, 'Mandatory'

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Pictures by Victoria Stewart for The Good Taste Guide: Jersey