volunteers needed for beach cleans

Seafield Beach, Kirkcaldy
Seafield Beach, Kirkcaldy
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people with a few hours to spare are being sought to help clean up two local beaches this weekend.

Both Seafield beach in Kirkcaldy and Kinghorn Harbour Beach will undergo their annual Marine Conservation Society clean up.

Seafield is looking for volunteers for both Saturday and Sunday from 11.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. while the Kinghorn beach will just be on Saturday from 10.30 a.m.

Sally Walsh from Seafield Environmental Group who helps organise the beach cleans said she was hoping for a really good turnout from the local residents.

“We usually get around 20 to 30 people, but ideally I would love to have around 50 people to ensure we could clean up as much of the area around the picnic benches and on the sands as possible,” she said.

“Our last clean up was in spring with Keep Scotland Beautiful and this is with the Marine Conservation Society, with an analysis done of the litter collected so we can see where it is coming from.

Clothing

“All people have to do is come along wearing the appropriate clothing. All the bags, gloves and litter pickers are provided by Fife Council.”

Carol Rhodes, organiser of the Kinghorn clean-up, said: “The litter washing up on our shores is not just unpleasant to look at, it can also harm or even kill some of our best loved marine wildlife.

“We have 170 different species including seabirds, turtles and whales which in many cases have mistaken marine litter for food and actually eaten it, resulting in starvation, poisoning and ultimately a slow, painful death.

Fishing nets

“Plastic packaging and discarded fishing nets can also injure, endanger and drown marine animals, including seals and dolphins.”

The Marine Conservation Society annual surveys have recorded a steady increase in the amount of beach litter since 1994, with the four main sources coming from the public, fishing, sanitary waste (particularly cotton sticks) and shipping.

Kinghorn’s last clean up was in June when the main problem was discarded cigarette ends and dog dirt, both inside and out of plastic bags.

For more information on the Seafield clean contact (01592) 570447 or 07904 356748. For Kinghorn, e-mail: carolrhodes10@hotmail.com.