These devastating photos show the future of the UK’s beautiful coastlines – if Brits continue dumping their litter

Shots show the beaches in their current glory of blue seas and golden sands, but artists have reimagined these to highlight serious impact litter could have on the landscape.

Shots show the beaches in their current glory of blue seas and golden sands, but artists have reimagined these to highlight serious impact litter could have on the landscape.

Brighton’s iconic pier is overshadowed with mounds of coffee cups, crisp packets, cans and carrier bags – to name a few of the items commonly left behind on beaches.

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Similarly, the lush green verge on Cornwall’s Constantine Bay is almost lost out of view due to the huge pile of rubbish.

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And the clear, blue sea of Portwrinkle Beach is less appealing when plastic bottles and food wrappers take over the shore.

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Millions leave rubbish behind

The manipulated, yet shockingly realistic images, come after a study of 2,000 adults found four in 10 admitted to leaving rubbish behind while on the coast.

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And more than half think they will carry on this bad habit in the future.

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A spokesperson for korev lager, which commissioned the research, said: "Britain has some stunning beaches but they may not stay this way if we don't look after them.

“Everyone will remember at time they’ve been at the seaside, and had their experience spoiled by litter.

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“It’s worrying to see how much rubbish people leave behind, often with the expectation that others will take it home.”

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The nations excuses

The research also found a third blame it on not being close enough to any bins but 34 per cent put it down to not having a bag with them to carry the rubbish home in.

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The average Brit visits a beach eight times a year, with half taking a picnic with them.

Plastic packaging is present in four items in each picnic, with 39 per cent admitting they don't always take everything home with them.

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What we leave at the beach

More than one in 10 (11 per cent) have left an old BBQ behind at the beach, while the same amount have ditched a broken toy, like a bucket and spade.

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A further 14 per cent have thrown cigarette butts on the sand, and 12 per cent have discarded plastic bottles.

While 49 per cent of those polled via OnePoll feel ‘guilty’ about their littering, 25 per cent felt ‘fine’ – because someone else would gather it.

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