6 beach laws you might not realise you're breaking

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Dropping litter and camping are among the beach laws that could land you with a hefty fine, experts have warned. There's nothing better than enjoying the sand beneath your toes as you stroll along beautiful beaches, but it's important you know the rules before you spend the day beside the sea.

"The UK is set to see temperatures as high as 34c in some places over the weekend, and many brits will be making the most of the nice weather by heading to the beach with friends and family," say the experts at BPP University Law School.

"With this in mind, we have pulled together a list of laws that you should know about if you’re planning a trip to the beach this weekend."

Take a look at the laws below:

1. Littering on the beach

Planning a beach trip this weekend? Don't forget to take your rubbish home with you, as people who drop litter could face prosecution in court or fines of up to £2,500 if convicted. Littering spoils our beautiful beaches and directly harms wildlife by entanglement, so say no to single-use plastics by bringing your own reusable bottles and lunches.

2. Taking pebbles

People have always taken home pebbles to remember their trip to the seaside, but did you know that under the Coastal Protection Act 1949 it is actually illegal to take any kind of natural materials from public beaches? In fact, if you are spotted, you could be fined up to £1,000.

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3. Dog walking

Dogs are welcome at most UK beaches, but it's advised to check before you travel. "During the summer months, as beaches get busier, a lot of councils around the UK impose restrictions on allowing dogs on their beaches under the Public Spaces Protection Order," say BPP University Law School.

"Owners who are caught breaking the rules imposed by their local authorities could run the risk of being fined £100, so it's always best to check before heading to the seaside."

4. Having a BBQ

BBQ season is here! There is nothing better than grilling in the sunshine, however many local councils are not allowing visitors at beaches to use disposable barbecues in order to protect wildlife. According to the findings, having single-use barbecues on beaches where they are forbidden could see you slapped with a £100 fine. Why not pack your own plastic-free picnic instead?

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Photo credit: mtreasure - Getty Images

5. Camping on the beach

Dreaming of soaking up the sea views from your tent? While it might seem like harmless fun, camping on beaches is illegal in most areas around the UK to reduce anti-social behaviour. It's better, and safer, to find a camping site located close to the beach.

"Beach staff will often patrol these areas hourly, and campers who refuse to move could see fines of up to £1000 or even face prosecution in court," say BPP University Law School.

6. Trespassing

If you are found trespassing on a private beach without permission, you run the risk of being fined or facing legal consequences. Before venturing out on your coastal walk, double-check the beaches are open to the public.

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