Litter pickers at the beach

A beach clean was carried out at Pier Beach in Berwick as part of a Marine Conservation Society campaign to tackle marine litter.

A beach clean was carried out at Pier Beach in Berwick as part of a Marine Conservation Society campaign to tackle marine litter.

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A team of 18 volunteers helped clear 19 bags of rubbish from Pier Beach in Berwick on Sunday, as part of the Marine Conservation Society’s Beachwatch project. The volunteers collected and recorded rubbish along a 100 metre stretch of beach. The data will help identify the main sources of rubbish on Pier Beach and keep the issue on the local agenda.

The survey recorded thousands of items, with pieces of plastic from takeaway cups top of the list. Drinks bottles came second, and fast food cartons, plus a range of other litter from car parts to golfballs and shotgun cartridges!

According to the organiser, Kathy Tiernan, it’s not all bad news: “Since the ban on plastic carrier bags in supermarkets the number of plastic bags on the beach has fallen dramatically. Let’s have a ban on plastic cups next!”

For information about future beach cleans and the Marine Conservation Society’s work, please contact Kathy on kmtiernan@gmail.com

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