THE MARINE Conservation Society is aiming to break the rising trend of littered UK beaches with public support.
The MCS will hold its Beachwatch Big Weekend in September, where they aim to recruit huge armies if volunteers over a September weekend, in order to clean up our beaches.
Beach litter has almost doubled over the past 15 years, with a six per cent increase in 2010 alone.
The litter is a threat to our beloved marine wildlife, with the danger of entanglement or litter being eaten as well as problems with syringes and other sharp objects.
This year’s Beachwatch takes place on September 17 and 18, where it is hoped thousands of volunteers will take to the beaches around the UK, including Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea as part of a bigger international coastal cleanup in 80 countries. The data collected shapes MCS’s beach litter campaigns and keeps the subject matter firmly on the Government’s agenda.
MCS Beachwatch Officer Lauren Davis said: “We’d like to see much more involvement around the UK coastline. Right now, we’re especially on the look out for people who can help us organise a beach clean in the area, and anyone can simply volunteer to take part.”
“From personal experience of organising regular beach cleans at Sand Bay near Weston Super Mare, the day can be really inspiring and fun, come rain or shine. It’s great to have the help of so many enthusiastic locals of all ages who are clearly passionate about getting involved and improving their local marine environment. It’s amazing what you can find, on the last survey in July we came across part of a bed post, far bigger and heavier than the young volunteer who was determined to drag it quite some distance off the beach!”
Readers who register as a volunteer before September 4 could win an adventure weekend, a day out at an aquarium or a subscription to Coast magazine.
Find out more at www.mcsuk.org/beachwatch or by calling 01989 566017.