Britain has beautiful coastlines, but even the most glorious beaches have been blighted by ocean waste. Help rid Britain’s coastlines of ocean waste by joining in the Great British Clean.
Now in its 25th year, Marine Conservation Society’s annual beach clean up takes place across beaches throughout the country from 14-17 September.
Some of the best-loved marine wildlife is under threat from the waste and litter in the seas, with hundreds of species accidentally eating or becoming entangled in litter. It’s also dangerous for people and damaging to Britain’s tourism and fishing industries.
In 2017, almost 7,000 people took part in the Great British Beach Clean, helping to remove 255,209 pieces of litter from 339 beaches.
Volunteers at the Great British Beach Clean are being called on to record the pieces of litter under the MCS’s Beachwatch survey.
The information volunteers have collected over the last 25 years for the Great British Beach Clean has helped make some of the most significant impacts on beach litter ever in the UK – including the plastic bag charge, microplastics banned in personal care products, better wet wipe labelling, and massive support for a tax on “on the go” plastic single use items.
To get involved in this year’s Great British Clean, visit the Marine Conservation Society’s website
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea