Volunteer at a Beachwatch Beach Clean

Information regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Small, local, private, social distancing beach cleans

Following the latest restrictions, governments across the UK have updated their guidance on volunteering. Volunteering can continue provided you do not need to self-isolate, you follow social distancing guidance and are Covid-secure.

Your safety is of utmost importance to us. Where possible, we are happy for volunteers to run small, private beach cleans with their family or allocated bubble, but please always check and follow national and local guidelines around lock down restrictions, along with the following rules:


  1. Always follow the government, and local council rules, where you are
  2. A private event with group numbers that follow your government advice, with social distancing measures in place
  3. On distance to travel, please always follow the government, and local council rules, where you are
  4. Book these as private, closed events to avoid clashes with other beach cleans
  5. Update your risk assessment in accordance to our new safety guidelines
  6. Stay 2m apart from people other than your household
  7. Use gloves, litter pickers (if you have them) and wash your hands

To help we have updated all our resources including the health and safety guidelines and Q&A. Please do have a look at these and review the government advice before you start.

If you’ve never run a beach clean or litter survey before we’re happy to help you get started. Please give our team a call on 01989 567807 or email us at Beachwatch@mcsuk.org


Volunteer for a beachcleanA Beachwatch beach clean and survey is great fun and really rewarding. Why not get involved - thousands do!

To volunteer at a beach clean, all you need to do is find an event and sign up to attend!

Then download our volunteer guide. If you need more information about the event, contact the organiser via the link on the event page. 

Can't find an event in your area?

Events are being added all the time so keep checking back! 

If there's no event at your chosen beach, why not organise your own? If the beach you'd like to clean isn't listed add it on to our database and become an organiser there. 

At the event 

  • Wear suitable clothing and footwear - Don't forget the sun cream and a drink in a re-usable bottle! 

  • If you have them, bring strong gloves - like gardening gloves.

  • Under 16s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who will need to sign a parental consent form on the day.

  • There will be a briefing on safety and to tell you how to go about collecting and recording the litter.