Become a beach buddy in clean-up

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THE Marine Conservation Society (MCS) hopes local people will become ‘beach buddies’ for next month’s Beachwatch Big Weekend.

Last year, 35 beaches were cleaned across Scotland but so far this year, only 10 beaches have signed up for the weekend venture on September 14-17.

MCS says supporters are key to the country having cleaner beaches and hopes local volunteers and enthusiasts will show their support.

From syringes to ceramics, plasters to panty liners, fishing line to fence posts and plastics to pushbikes – it’s all been found on Scotland’s shoreline and beach lovers are needed to help get the issue on the political agenda.

During the event, volunteer litter pickers will clean up and record the rubbish they find.

The data collected will help MCS shape its beach litter campaign in Scotland.

To get involved, visit www.mcsuk.org/beachwatch or telephone 01989 566017.