Supporting Marine Conservation Society’s Great British Beach Clean

We are delighted to support yet another year of Marine Conservation Society (MCS) Great British Beach Clean, which falls between the 20 – 23 September – with a joint event at Ayr on Saturday afternoon. The initiative, now in its 26th year, encourages volunteers across the country to carry out a beach clean and collect data as part of a national and international citizen science project.

Participants of the Great British Beach Clean 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 database that has informed the work of MCS, providing evidence to push for legislative change to target litter at its source.

Aoife Hutton, our Project Officer encouraged people to get involved:

“This great initiative links really well with Keep Scotland Beautiful’s own work on beaches and on land – namely the My Beach, Your Beach project in Portobello, Musselburgh, Ayr and Kinghorn which aims to reduce littering behaviours at the beach.”

“We welcome another year of MCS Great British Beach Clean and encourage as many volunteers to as possible to join their nearest clean up this weekend.”

Check out Marine Conservation Society for a full list of events in Scotland this weekend.  And if you can’t get to a beach, remember that 80% of marine litter comes from land so doing a Clean Up Scotland event, or getting involved in our Upstream Battle campaign all helps.

You can join Keep Scotland Beautiful staff for our Great British Beach Clean event on Ayr beach clean on Saturday:

Tara Proud, Volunteer Manager at Marine Conservation Society said:

“It is great to team up with Keep Scotland Beautiful and support the My Beach, Your Beach campaign. We are delighted that Keep Scotland Beautiful are again supporting Great British Beach Clean and we hope to see people than ever involved in these important events to help turn the plastic tide.”


19 September 2019

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