The 25th Great British Beach Clean takes place 14th-17th September 2018 - please come along and help us to remove and record as much litter as possible over one weekend. You’ll not only be clearing the beaches and helping protect marine wildlife, but also collecting important information allowing the Beachwatch Programme to push for change on a local and national scale.
The Beachwatch Programme is the only year-round beach litter survey in the UK. It's a citizen science project which has been running since 1994, relying on volunteers to help us remove beach litter and collect information on what was found. Data on all pieces of litter collected is submitted to a National database where we look at the types and sources of litter found on UK beaches to understand the impact of litter on marine life, human health and local economies. We share this vital information with other organisations and groups and our data has allowed us to influence national and European legislation and encourage best practice within industries. Our data was actually used as supporting evidence to introduce the 5p bag charge in the UK and since it's been introduced we are now seeing a decrease in plastic bags on our beaches!
Visit www.mcsuk.org/beachwatch/events to view all beach cleans taking place and register directly.
Lizzie Prior Beach and River Clean Project Officer, Marine Conservation Society