Helpers flock to the aid of 25th national coastal clean up

Date posted: 18 September 2018

Marine Conservation Society says that well over 1,000 people took part around Wales over the weekend

The Marine Conservation Society says there has been an unprecedented turnout for its beach cleans and surveys around Wales over the weekend. Over 1,030 people registered to take part in this year’s Great British Beach Clean (14th - 17th September), at 60 different beaches spread all around the coast.

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Gill Bell, MCS Head of Conservation in Wales, says: “As this is the 25th Great British Beach Clean, and the ‘Year of the Sea’ in Wales, we are simply delighted with the level of support we’ve received for the cleans. It helps ensure some of the most beautiful beaches in the UK are cared for, and provides vital data to tackle the marine litter menace in future”.

Last year, 555 volunteers turned out to clean Wales’ beaches. Gill Bell says: “We are yet to receive the final details of each clean, so we may find that volunteer numbers easily double last year’s. Our report will be published later this year, giving a full picture of the beach litter story around the coast”.

This year’s event coincides with the ‘All Wales Beach Clean’ initiative, co-ordinated by Keep Wales Tidy for the Clean Seas Wales partnership, and which runs until the end of the month (30th September). Volunteers are sought all around the coast, and in particular for Pembrokeshire and Gwynedd. Take part here.

Now in its 25th year, the MCS Great British Beach Clean event takes place every third weekend in September as part of the charity’s year round Beachwatch programme. Volunteers who get involved in Wales joined an army of beach cleaners not only around the UK, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, but all over the world as part of the global International Coastal Clean-up, which takes a snap shot of beach litter across the planet on a single weekend.

This information will be used by MCS to work with governments and industry in the charity’s ongoing work to stop litter getting on to our beaches in the first place.

Players of People’s Postcode Lottery support the Marine Conservation Society beach litter programme.

Actions you can take

  1. Visit the beachwatch website
  2. Join a beach clean
  3. Download the Great British Beach Clean Report 2019
  4. Discover more about MCS in Wales
  5. Organise a beach clean

Did you know?…

Over 60% of the population of Wales either live or work on the coast.

Since the carrier bag charge came in across the UK, the Great British Beach Clean has recorded almost 50% fewer bags on beaches

MCS launched its Beachwatch programme in 1994


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