16 Clyde Valley groups selected to support our ambitious Upstream Battle project

We have selected 16 community groups from across the Clyde Valley to help implement the citizen science aspect of our ambitious Upstream Battle campaign, which is running in partnership with RECOUP to tackle litter levels along the entire length of the River Clyde.

Upstream Battle is an 18-month programme of initiatives along the River Clyde, raising awareness of the part that land-based litter plays in marine litter, pathways of litter to the sea, and practical action to reduce the problem. A total of 16 ‘Anchor Groups’ have been selected to support the campaign. They will receive support to adopt a site along the river, or one of its tributaries, and monitor litter levels at the site - gathering data to help find long-term solutions.

Almost 40 local groups applied, and the final participating groups were selected based on what they could bring to the project, as well as their location and ability to conduct regular surveying activities during 2019. The groups include sports clubs, nature groups, arts specialists and community groups from across the Clyde Valley, who will bring a wealth of community expertise to the citizen science project. A full list of participating groups can be found here.

Through support from the Scottish Government and Scotmid Co-operative, we will be providing free specialist training to every group, equipping them with the skills to undertake an in-depth litter survey, exploring the behaviours underpinning littering and understanding how to create their own local litter reduction project.

Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful said:

“In order to effectively tackle marine litter, we have to fully understand how, where and what types of litter are entering our watercourses.

“We welcome the support from communities all along the Clyde for our Upstream Battle campaign – they’re a crucial part of helping us build our understanding of the Clyde's litter problem and how we can tackle it.”

The data collected by the groups will provide insight into the types of litter across the Clyde valley catchment and the amount of litter that has the potential to enter the river and wider marine environment. This information will allow us as well as other partners to further understand litter trends and will provide evidence for exploring future prevention methods.

07 March 2019

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