Beach Clean Up with the Marine Conservation Society and Marks & Spencer plc


On Wednesday, members of the Friends of Weston Shore joined volunteers from Marks & Spencer plc, the Marine Conservation Society and the public to take part in the Forever Fish litter pick on Weston Shore. It started off as quite overcast but thankfully the sun came out and by the end of the clean up it was a lovely, sunny spring day.

A large number of volunteers took part, starting from the car park opposite the entrance to Westwood, so it wasn’t long before the shore looked beautifully pristine and clean.  The Marine Conservation Society are keen to learn more about the nature of the litter and rubbish found on our beaches and so we took part in a survey.  It became clear that one of the most common types of rubbish to be found are from cotton buds. Sadly it seems some people have a habit of flushing these down the toilet and the plastic stick bit ends up being deposited on our shores as a result.  These were very common, so please don’t do this and tell others not to as well.

Interesting finds from the day included a baby’s dummy, a credit card and a reflector from a car light. It was an enjoyable morning at the shore and it was great to be included in the Marine Conservation Society’s campaign.

Here are some photos from the litter pick – click them on for a closer look.

Adam and Robin from Friends of Weston Shore

Adam and Robin from Friends of Weston Shore

Ali getting stuck in clearing up rubbish at Weston Shore

Ali getting stuck in clearing up rubbish at Weston Shore

Some of the rubbish cleared up at the litter pick

Some of the rubbish cleared up at the litter pick

Reflector from a car light found on Weston Shore

Reflector from a car light found on Weston Shore

Weston Shore looking clean and beautiful after the litter pick

Weston Shore looking clean and beautiful after the litter pick

The dreaded cotton bud sticks - so many of these!

The dreaded cotton bud sticks – so many of these!

A volunteer litter picker at Weston Shore

A volunteer litter picker at Weston Shore

Baby's dummy found on Weston Shore

Baby’s dummy found on Weston Shore

This year our Big Beach Clean Up will be on Saturday 8th August 2015 so if you would like to help clean up the beach please come along!

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