The EU Bathing Waters Directive (2006/7/EC) sets standards for faecal indicator organisms in waters at designated bathing beaches. Bathing beaches are designated on the basis of their recreational use and hence risk to the public of exposure to faecal indicator organisms. Scotland has 84 designated bathing waters. Over the three and a half month season from 1 June to 15 September, more than 1,500 water samples are collected and analysed.
The layer shows the results as displayed in the Web Map Service (WMS) feed from SEPA.
Updated graphs (as found in Scotland’s Marine Atlas) can be accessed in the ‘Data Sources’ tab at the bottom of the page through the Scotland's Environment interactive tool. See 'Current classification' and 'Historical classification' tabs for breakdown by Scottish Marine Region.