Source to sea success

Over 80% of marine litter originates from land-based sources. To raise awareness of this issue and to support our Upstream Battle campaign we held a targeted Source to Sea week as part of our national #SpringClean19 campaign. We called upon communities across Scotland to take part in a series of Clean Up activities, or arrange their own during the week of 4-10 May.

By taking part in Source to Sea week, hundreds of participants were able to make a difference not only in their local area but also by stopping litter entering local waterways and ending up in the ocean. Clean Up activities near waterways could prevent marine pollution even where they take place miles away from the ocean.

Across the week over 40 Clean Ups were held near canals, waterways and on beaches across Scotland with almost 2,000 people involved.

A range of activities also took place as part of Upstream Battle, our ambitious campaign to stop marine litter at the source across the Clyde Valley.

Anchor groups led the way starting the week off with Clean Up and surveying activities at their adopted Upstream Battle sites. On Saturday 4 May, Friends of the River Kelvin kicked off with a large Clean Up on the Kelvin with over 35 people involved, collecting 40 bags of litter. They also completed the second Upstream Battle survey of their site. Sunday 5 May saw anchor group Luggiewatch completing a Clean Up of the Luggie Water in East Dunbartonshire and members of Neilston Development Trust and Friends of Dumbarton Foreshore completed their first surveys for the Upstream Battle citizen science project.

Across the week we saw over 20 marine litter related Clean Ups and events across the Clyde Valley with nearly 1,000 participants.

Hubbub’s Plastic Fishing Punt joined Source to Sea week

We were delighted to welcome and tour Hubbub’s ‘Poly Roger’ Plastic Fishing Punt along canals across the Central Belt of Scotland. Operated and supported by Scottish Canals, the 'Poly Roger' began its journey at the Falkirk Wheel, and spent three days in the Clyde catchment visiting Kirkintilloch, Furhill and Dalmuir.

During the week we took 85 ‘plastic fishers’ out on the punt. They who collected over 52 large tubs of litter including nearly 700 plastic bottles. Our plastic fishers included campaign funders, partners, our Upstream Battle ambassador and elite rower Elaine Hopley, and members of the local community. 

Intensive social media coverage of these activities and the volume of litter pulled out of the Forth and Clyde Canal through our communications channels and by those taking part allowed us to raise awareness of the growing levels of plastic pollution in Scottish rivers and canals and the pathway of litter from source to sea.


17 May 2019

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