Supporting the Great British Beach Clean

We are continuing to work in partnership with the Marine Conservation Society to support the Great British Beach Clean, which falls between the 15 – 18 September.

We are encouraging all of our amazing volunteers to join in with registered events, or host their own Clean Up.

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.

“Scotland has more of the UK's coastline than anywhere else," says Catherine Gemmell, MCS Scotland Conservation Officer. "Many communities rely on the cleanliness of beaches for their coastal economy. Beach litter and the problems it causes to both humans and wildlife is a huge issue that we need everyone's help with; from schools and communities to councillors and MSPs we hope to see everyone helping look after their beach this September.'

During the 2016 Great British Beach Clean event in Scotland, 1,744 volunteers cleaned 121 beaches, picking up, on average, 459 items of litter per 100km they cleaned. Plastic bottles on Scottish beaches rose by 21.3% compared to 2015.

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.

29 August 2017

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