The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is appealing for public aid in cleaning up litter-strewn beaches caused by the recent storms battered Britain this winter.
Britain has suffered battering winds, lashing rain and storm waves believed to be amongst the most extreme in living memory this winter, resulting in many of the UK’s beaches strewn with huge amounts of litter.
MCS is appealing for public help in cleaning up Britain’s beaches.
Lauren Eyles, MCS Beachwatch Officer, says some beaches have been left in a terrible state, but just a few trips and a couple of bin bags could really help: “When it comes to beach cleaning, every little helps.
Lauren Eyles, MCS – “After storms, the strandline is often higher up the beach than normal and on some beaches that our staff and volunteers have already cleaned we’ve seen much more litter than is usual at this time of the year”
“We would urge people to visit their local or favourite beach and pick up some of the rubbish that has either been blown there by the strong winds or washed in by the unusually high tides.
“After storms, the strandline is often higher up the beach than normal and on some beaches that our staff and volunteers have already cleaned we’ve seen much more litter than is usual at this time of the year.
“Now is a really good time to become a Beachwatch Organiser and get family and friends together down on the beach. MCS needs all the information it can get about where litter on our beaches comes from and by organising a clean and filling out a survey form you can help our campaigns to stop beach litter.”
Plastic litter have been appearing on our beaches in increasing numbers for over two decades, according to MCS, but storms like the ones we have seen in the last month mean that many unusual items are likely to have been washed up and need clearing away – and some could cause harm to wildlife or human visitors.
“Hundreds of species accidentally eat or become entangled in litter. Litter on our beaches is also hazardous to people – syringes, sharp glass can all pose a real threat,” says Lauren.
MCS says it’s easy to get cleaning, involving basic equipment such as bin liners and rubber gloves, and the permission of the beach owner – often the local council.
If you would like to find out more about how you start beach cleaning then visit www.mcsuk.org/beachwatch