I have taken part in two fantastic beach clean-ups this year and just wanted to share some of my thoughts on what I learnt from them. We are grateful to SC Johnson whose generous sponsorship made these fantastic events possible.
I am also grateful to Matt from the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) who ran both events for us. The first was at South Gare on 18 January and the second was at North Gare on 23 February. In both cases, over 70 people turned up.
Photo credit: Mark Stokeld
I had expected to have been handed a rubbish sack and a pair of litter pickers and to have been dispatched to pick up as much litter as I could in the allotted time. However, Matt explained that the MCS’s focus was on collecting data about the types and numbers of items found on the beaches. All this data is entered into a national database and helps to identify where this litter is coming from. Once you know that you can then target the sources and try and do something about it.
Matt set up a 100m long survey area on each of the beaches and we were all tasked with picking up the litter and handing it to Matt to record. So, what did we learn from all of this:
Photo Credit: Mark Stokeld
We have two more events in the diary. Sunday 10 May at Salterns and Friday 12 June at Hartlepool Headland. Watch out for further details via Facebook and Twitter. #SeaShoreGuardians
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