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!

Autumn Beach Clean

In the middle of October, the Friends of Weston Shore were delighted to hold another beach clean, this time with friends from the Bitterne Litter Team, the Student Union at Solent University and Surfers Against Sewage. The beach clean was part of Southampton’s Sustainability Week.

It had threatened to rain earlier in the day but thankfully the elements managed to stay kind to us while our volunteers bravely took part.  We were very impressed by the number of people who were keen to take part and how enthusiastic they were.

Our friends from Solent University included a number of journalism students and they produced this professional news report from the beach clean.

You can read their full report and look at their photos here:


For more photos, have a look at our gallery below. Click on the photos for a closer look.

During the litter pick, our volunteers were able to clean up a large number of bags of rubbish. We noted that we had cleared up 115 plastic bottles, several glass bottles for perfume, a library book and a walking stick along with all the usual crisp packets, drink cans, cotton buds and wet wipes. Thanks to all those who took part!


The Environment Agency cleans up!

At the end of August, we were delighted to play host to a very keen group of volunteers from the Environment Agency. They were there as part of their organisation’s Corporate Social Responsibility Policy  and they were undoubtedly one of the most energetic and enthusiastic group of volunteers we’ve welcomed to the shore.

We covered the whole stretch of the shore that we cover, from Southampton Sailing Club up to Netley Castle.  The Friends of Weston Shore are very grateful to them for all their hard work, which made a huge difference. It was a really lovely, sunny late summer day as well.

The following is a gallery of photos from the day – click on any of them for a closer look.

Big Beach Clean Up 2016!

In July we had our annual Big Beach Clean Up and this year was one of our most successful.  We had perfect weather for the event and lots of families and children joined us to clean up the shore.

The Friends of Weston Shore got dressed up in piratical gear to add to the fun and lots of pirate certificates and gifts were handed out to our participants. We were joined by our friends Councillor Sue Blatchford, Royston Smith MP and one of the longest term members of the Friends of Weston Shore, Councillor Warwick Payne.

Soon, a huge amount of rubbish had been cleared up and we were able to look back and see how clean the shore was afterwards. Thanks so much to everyone who took part. Special thanks to Southampton City Council for their kind assistance which makes the Big Beach Clean Up a possibility.

Our next meeting is on Thursday 22nd September, 7pm at Woolston Community Centre, Church Road, Woolston, Southampton, SO19 9FU. Please contact us at westonshore@gmail.com if you would like to come along or turn up on the day.

Below is a gallery of photos from the Big Beach Clean Up 2016 – click on the photos for a better look.