Sea Life Discovery Day at Weston Shore


The Friends of Weston Shore are excited and delighted that Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trusts are running a Sea Life Discovery Day at Weston Shore next Saturday, 12th August 2017.  This is a twelve hour dash to record as much wildlife on the shore as possible.  Wildlife Experts, including Phil Budd from the Southampton Natural History Society, will be there to help identify all the different species.

The Trust says children are welcome, as long as they are accompanied by a responsible adult. This free, family friendly day runs from 9am to 9pm and their starting point is at the Rolling Mills, near the Pitch and Putt course on the shore. Please wear wellies if you are going to take part.

For more information, go to the Trust’s Facebook event here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/909082812582488/

The Friends of Weston Shore will be there as well to join in the fun!

Litter pick with Royal Bank of Scotland


On a beautiful early summer morning recently, the Friends of Weston Shore were delighted to meet new friends, volunteers from Royal Bank of Scotland.  We held a litter pick on the shore and soon the volunteers had cleared up a lot of rubbish.

We are very grateful to them for all their help in supporting our goal of keeping the shore as clean as we can. Have a look at our slideshow of photos from the day.

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Award for Friends of Weston Shore!


The Friends of Weston Shore are delighted and honoured to have been awarded the Southampton City Care for the Environment Award at the St. George’s Day Community Awards held at Southampton City College on Sunday 23rd April 2017.

A number of wonderful and very worthy individuals and community organisations had been nominated. We were thrilled to have been nominated, let alone to win an award!

The awards were presented by the Mayor of Southampton, Cathie McEwing, and none other than Southampton legend, Lawrie McMenemy.

Special thanks to those that nominated us and for the honour of the award itself, which is deeply appreciated. We love Weston Shore, we love Southampton and we are looking forward to more fun helping looking after our beautiful beach!

For the report on the event at the Daily Echo, please go to : http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/15242122.PHOTOS__All_the_St_George__39_s_Day_award_winners_on_a_day_of_celebration/

The following are some photos from the day; for a closer look click the  photo.

Our next meeting – Thursday 20th April


The next meeting for Friends of Weston Shore is this Thursday, 20th April starting at 7pm. The venue as always is Woolston Community Centre, Church Road, Woolston, Southampton, SO19 9FU. There is free parking and everyone is welcome.

It looks like this year is going to be busy for our group and we are hoping to meet new volunteers who want to help us in our aim of protecting and enhancing the shore. The agenda for the meeting includes discussing our litter picks, the forthcoming Bioblitz and lots more.

Hope to see you there!

Spring Beach Clean with Surfers Against Sewage


A recent beautiful spring Sunday saw the Friends of Weston Shore join the Surfers Against Sewage for a beach clean on our shore in Southampton. It was a wonderfully sunny day and it was inspiring to see so many volunteers taking part in clearing up rubbish and litter from the beach.

Surfers Against Sewage were particularly interested in finding as many plastic bottles (for example for water or soft drinks) as possible, as part of a project with Ecover, a company interested in promoting sustainability.

The crew from SAS made their volunteers feel welcome and were a very enthusiastic bunch. In a couple of hours a large amount of litter had been cleared up and the event had been a great success. Thanks so much to Surfers Against Sewage in helping clean up Weston Shore!

Looking back on 2016 for the Friends of Weston Shore…


It’s been another busy year for the Friends of Weston Shore and we’ve been very active in our goal of keeping the shore as clean as we can.

Shortly after Christmas last year, the Southampton Natural History Society included Weston Shore in one of their nature walks in the area. This involved walking up the shore and through the Conker Field in Netley and it was a good opportunity to view the area as part of the larger picture. Thanks to Phil for inviting us.

Also thanks to Phil, the group produced a large number of copies of our Wildlife Survey of Weston Shore and we are now in the process of distributing this to the local universities, colleges and schools. Part of our plan is that the Wildlife Survey can be used as the basis for posters, leaflets and booklets about the wildlife to be found on our shore.

The first of this year’s litter picks took place in May of this year and we noticed that a large number of cuttlefish and carrots had been washed upon the shore. This clean up was just for the group and was followed in the middle of July by our traditional, annual Big Beach Clean Up.

In the Big Beach Clean Up, we continued our pirate theme from last year and it was a pleasure to see more families getting involved. We reverted to holding this on a Sunday as before and attendance was good, helped by a day of warm weather.

This was followed by a late summer beach clean at the end of August, on a day of blazing sunshine. This was with volunteers from the Environment Agency, who were there as part of their Corporate Responsibility Policy. They were very enthusiastic and it was one of the longest litter picks the group has helped with.

We had a further litter pick in the middle of October and this was part of the Southampton Sustainability Week programme of events. We were joined by friends from the Bitterne Litter Team and Surfers Against Sewage, along with the Student Union from Solent University. This included a number of journalism students, who prepared news reports on the day’s events. It had threatened to rain, but luckily this kept away for the duration of the beach clean.   One of the volunteers had come all the way from Crawley to take part!

Looking ahead, we have our Educational Packs to finalise and the group has been discussing the possibility of fund raising for further projects connected with Weston Shore.

We also hope to continue learning more about the wildlife to be found on the shore and developing a wider appreciation and understanding of this.

If you would like to find out more or get in touch, please contact us at : westonshore@gmail.com.

Wishing you a Happy New Year!