Supporting the 25th Anniversary of the Great British Beach Clean

We are continuing to work in partnership with the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) to support the Great British Beach Clean, which falls between the 14 – 17 September.

Each year we support MCS with their Great British Beach Clean. We love attending events in Scotland to help show our support and this year we will be helping to organise a few of our own as part of our new My Beach, Your Beach campaign. We are encouraging all of our amazing volunteers to join us with attending an event or registering and hosting their own

Details of our events:

Friday 14th - Portobello. Meet at 10am outside the public toilets (near Figgate Lane).

Sunday 16th - Ayr South Beach. Meet at 10am at the pavillion.

Sunday 16th - Fisherrow Sands. Meet at 12.00 noon.  

For all our events please wear suitable clothing for the weather on the day. We will be providing all equipment, including our Clean Up Scotland tabards. All kids under the age of 16 will need to be accompanied by an adult.

We will be litter picking for a couple of hours at a time so if needed please remember to bring snacks and drinks.

Beachwatch is the Marine Conservation Society’s national beach cleaning and litter surveying programme - helping people all around the UK to care for their coastline with the Great British Beach Clean being the flagship event.

'This year we are celebrating our 25th anniversary of the Great British Beach Clean.' says Catherine Gemmell, MCS Scotland Conservation Officer. ' With the huge increase in awareness over the dangers of litter, especially plastic, to our oceans we hope to make this years event the biggest yet! The more data our wonderful volunteers collect the more evidence we can provide to show everyone from government to industry and to ourselves the public what we can all do to reduce the amount of litter on our beaches and in our oceans. It is wonderful that Keep Scotland Beautiful are again supporting the Great British Beach Clean and we hope to see as many of you on the beach in September as possible to help stop this plastic tide.'

During the 2017 Great British Beach Clean event in Scotland, 1588 volunteers cleaned 111 beaches, picking up, on average, 491 items of litter per 100m cleaned showing a 7% increase in litter from last year.

Participants of Great British Beach Cleans survey a 100m stretch of the beach, tallying the individual bits of litter as they pick them up.  Commonly found items include cotton bud sticks, plastic bottles and polystyrene pieces, but the more unusual items found are also recorded.The information from each event is then fed into a 24-year strong database that has informed the work of MCS, providing evidence to push for legislative change to target litter at its source.

Check our online events map to find Clean Ups near you or visit MCS Great British Beach Clean to find out more about the campaign.

15 August 2018


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