Balmedie

Aberdeenshire

Balmedie
© Geograph

Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

The Park is part of 16km of extensive dunes and sandy beach stretching from Aberdeen to Newburgh. The sheer size of the beach means it is seldom crowded and makes it possible to find a quiet spot at any time of the year.

Activities

Kite surfing and other water sports are permitted. Ranger service organises various events. For more on walking in the area, Walk Highlands have more information:https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/aberdeenshire/balmedie.shtml

Wildlife and Walks

The dunes offer habitats to many animals and birds. Skylarks and waders are commonly seen on the shoreline. There is a network of boardwalks through the dunes from the bus stop. Shell spotters will find an abundance of fine specimens.

What's tested here?

Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, during the bathing season, 1st June to 15th September.
Find out more about designated bathing waters.

High levels of bacteria in the water can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works or polluted rain water draining from the land.
Where does pollution comes from and how can you help?

Water quality can be reduced for up to 72 hours after heavy rain. Look out for temporary signs at the beach and on our website.

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

What does this mean?

At the end of every bathing season the water quality is classified as either:

Excellent — the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest

Good — generally good water quality

Sufficient — meets minimum standards

Poor — You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.


More information about potential pollution sources and improvement plans.

Weather

This Weather Widget is provided by the Met Office

Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

Strong currents Strong currents
Large breaking waves Large breaking waves
Tidal cut-off Tidal cut-off
Deep shelving beach Deep shelving beach
Strong winds Strong winds

Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

Non-lifeguarded locations For those who can’t make it to a lifeguarded beach

For more information visit rnli.org.uk.

Facilities at Balmedie

Toilets Toilets Bins Bins

Parking

 

Parking for 100 cars is available for a charge. There are several car parks at Balmedie in the Country Park.

Dog restrictions

 

Dogs are allowed.

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned weekly.

Lifeguards

None.