Morecambe’s beaches are dotted round the bay, which boasts the largest expanse of intertidal mudflats and sand in the UK, stretching for 310 km2 (119 mi2). This makes the area attractive to bird watchers who can see a rich variety of breeding species as well as overwintering waders and wildfowl. The bay is notorious for quicksand and the speed with which the tide comes in, which is said to be ‘as fast as a horse can run’. The beaches are largely sand and shingle, and have won Seaside Awards for their cleanliness. Easily accessible from the promenade, the location is ideal for kite surfing, wind surfing, boating and other water sports.