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help to­wards high­light­ing this se­ri­ous is­sue. Any­one want­ing to take part in the clean up should email Andy Lav­er­ick at great british­beach­clean­formby @ya­

RESHFIELD Beach will be re­ceiv­ing a thor­ough clean this Fri­day.

As part of Beach­watch, the Marine Con­ser­va­tion So­ci­ety’s (MCS) beach clean and lit­ter sur­vey aims to high­light the is­sues of lit­ter around the UK’s coast­line.

Lo­cal Beach­watch or­gan­iser Andy Lav­er­ick from Formby said: “I would like to see more vol­un­teers than ever be­fore lend a hand to make this lat­est clean of Fresh­field Beach the big­gest yet.

“The event takes place on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 13, start­ing at 10.45am, and it prom­ises to be a fun and in­for­ma­tive so­cial oc­ca­sion.

“The tide of lit­ter wash­ing up on our shores is not just un­pleas­ant to look at, it can harm and even kill some of our best-loved marine wildlife.

“Over 170 species in­clud­ing seabirds, turtles and whales have mis­taken marine lit­ter for food and ac­tu­ally eaten it, which in many cases has re­sulted in star­va­tion, poi­son­ing and ul­ti­mately a slow, painful death. Plas­tic pack­ag­ing and dis­carded fish­ing nets also in­jure, en­tan­gle and drown some of Bri­tain’s favourite marine an­i­mals, in­clud­ing seals and dol­phins.”

MCS sur­veys have recorded a steady in­crease in the amount of beach lit­ter since 1994.

The four main sources of lit­ter found on UK beaches come from the pub­lic, fish­ing, san­i­tary waste (par­tic­u­larly cot­ton bud sticks) and ship­ping.

Andy said: “We want peo­ple to come down to Fresh­field Beach and take part in an event that will not only make the beach look great for vis­i­tors, but will also help MCS iden­tify where the lit­ter comes and try to stop it at source.”

The last Beach­watch clean up at Fresh­field Beach in June found 134kg of waste in­clud­ing 282 sep­a­rate items of plas­tic.

MCS Beach­watch re­sults are vi­tal in turn­ing the tide on lit­ter.

They have helped in­flu­ence

Sefton has beau­ti­ful beaches, but lit­ter left there can in­jure seal­ife many miles away changes to laws on the dis­pos­ing of waste at sea, and re­sulted in in­vest­ment in bet­ter sewage treat­ment at the coast.

Lo­cal events like the one at Fresh­field Beach all

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