Turning the tide on marine litter

Residents are being encouraged to join a beach clean '“ and be part of a global movement turning the tide on marine litter.

Monday, 12th September 2016, 9:30 am
Updated Thursday, 15th September 2016, 3:19 pm
Pier beach clean

Local Marine Conservation Society volunteers need your help to ensure local beaches remain clean and safe for all.

Berwick’s Pier Road beach will be receiving a thorough clean on Sunday as part of Beachwatch, the Marine Conservation Society’s national beach clean and litter survey which aims to highlight the issues of beach litter around the UK’s coastline.

Local Beachwatch organiser, Kathy Tiernan, says she would love to see more volunteers than ever before to make this latest clean of Pier Road beach the biggest yet.

“The tide of litter washing up on our beaches is not just unpleasant to look at, it can harm and even kill some of our best-loved marine wildlife,” said Kathy. “Seabirds, seals and dolphins can mistake marine litter for food and eat it, resulting in a slow and painful death. Discarded fishing nets and plastic packaging can also entangle and injure wildlife.”

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The event starts at 10.30am, meeting point at the Lowry shelter on Pier Field, at the end of Pier Road. Find out more by emailing kmtiernan@gmail.com