There’s lots of positive action you can take by reducing your use of plastics, and getting involved with the clean up. With the majority of the litter originating on land we’re all responsible, so help us to clean up our act!
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, all organised beach cleans are currently suspended. During this time we recommend that you follow Government Guidelines and stay at home.
We are taking this opportunity to work with beach clean organisations to bring you a full programme of organised cleans later in 2020.
In the meantime, you may wish to get yourself up to date with what they are all up to:-
We encourage all volunteers to follow the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) Beachwatch method and making a note of the type of litter that you find for a 100 metre stretch of your clean. Using the Beachwatch method means that all the information gathered becomes part of a valuable data set that shows what the litter is, and where the priorities for action lie. The MCS Great British Beach Clean report for 2019, gives a breakdown of what volunteers collected.
As a result of 20 years of data gathering MCS have been able to see that legislation can rapidly have a positive impact, with the 5p charge for plastic bags resulting in a 40% drop in the number appearing in beach cleans.
Join other MCS marine rubbish campaigns or campaigns run by other organisations including:
- Fidra – The Great Nurdle Hunt and the Cotton Bud Pledge
- KIMO Fishing for Litter and Pick Up 3 Pieces
- Surfers Against Sewage
- 2 minute beach clean