Bringing back cleaner, safer beaches

Conservations are working to bring back clean beaches.
Conservations are working to bring back clean beaches.

Everyone likes a day out at the beach–miles of golden sand, lapping waves, rolling dunes are vivid in the imagination.

But the truth can be far from that as litter both from visitors and the sea pollutes beaches around the coast.

Now, however, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is suggesting a day out at the beach that tackles that problem.

Next month’s Great British Beach Clean is the only UK-wide beach clean that not only spruces up hundreds of beaches around the coast but records the litter finds as part of a global beach clean event.

Plastic bottles and carrier bags, nappies, balloons, and tiny plastic pieces can be found on almost every beach and our beaches have never been so filthy, says the MCS.

“Beach litter has steadily risen over the two decades” says MCS Beachwatch Officer, Charlotte Coombes. “Last year’s Great British Beach Clean attracted almost 5500 volunteers to more than 300 beaches. It’s a citizen science project that has become the most respected and long standing beach litter survey in the UK.”

In 2014 tiny bits of plastic were the most frequently found litter items on UK beaches.

MCS says cleaning and surveying a beach only takes a couple of hours at most. Each beach has a coordinator who explains how to fill in a simple data form, and then it’s just a case of grabbing a litter picker and a bin bag and filling it up with rubbish.

Find out more at or telephone 01989 566017.