Volunteers pick up 65 sacks of rubbish on beach
MORE than 30 people gathered at Breachacha, one of Coll’s famous beaches and the location of the island’s two castles, and collected 65 bags of plastic on Sunday May 14.
The beach clean event was organised as part of the three- day Coll Bird Festival 2017, the island’s fourth festival and the result of lots of hard toil by RSPB volunteers and staff working alongside volunteers from the community and staff from An Cridhe, Coll’s community centre.
The festival is timed to take advantage of the return of the corncrakes to the island, at a time of year when the vegetation is quite low, maximising the chances of seeing this elusive bird. It also provides an opportunity for participants to experience the unique wildlife and beautiful scenery of Coll.
Three days of activities included, a series of walks around Totronald RSPB reserve and the village of Arinagour, an evening of talks with guest speaker and expert on corncrakes Professor Rhys Green, a ceilidh with up-and- coming band Eabhal, boat trips to the island of Lunga and Gunna with Coastal Connections and culminated in the Breachacha beach clean. A total of 65 30-litre bags of mostly plastic rubbish were collected, as well as 12 larger items.
The beach clean at Breachacha was part of the Coll Bird Festival 2017.