Help keep our beaches clean and safe for life
help towards highlighting this serious issue. Anyone wanting to take part in the clean up should email Andy Laverick at great britishbeachcleanformby @yahoo.com
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