Vol­un­teers pick up 65 sacks of rub­bish on beach

The Oban Times - - News -

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.

Pho­to­graph: David Pal­mar.

The beach clean at Breachacha was part of the Coll Bird Fes­ti­val 2017.

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