‘New Year Plast Off’Beach Lit­ter Pick

Bangor Mail - - YOUR COMMUNITY -

A mis­sion to clean up the harm­ful ma­rine lit­ter from beaches on the west coast of An­gle­sey is due to take place at the end of the month. RSPCA Cymru is team­ing up with North Wales Wildlife Trust for a large scale com­mu­nity beach clean - named the ‘New Year Plast Off’ - that aims to re­move and re­cy­cle as much plas­tic ma­rine lit­ter as pos­si­ble from the beaches and coves around Ca­ble Bay and Rhos­neigr.

The event on Satur­day, Jan­uary 27, will start at 10am with vol­un­teers gath­er­ing at Ca­ble Bay car park be­fore head­ing out to tar­get dif­fer­ent beaches. An RSPCA Cymru rope res­cue team will be de­ployed to col­lect larger bits of plas­tic from coves which are usu­ally in­ac­ces­si­ble to peo­ple with lit­ter pick­ers.

RSPCA in­spec­tor Andy Broad­bent said: “Ev­ery­thing from plas­tic bags, old fish­ing line and even toys can be a dan­ger to an­i­mals. We are reg­u­larly called out to deal with hor­ri­fy­ing in­juries and deaths of wildlife which have be­come en­tan­gled in, or have eaten, plas­tic lit­ter. Seabirds of­ten be­come en­tan­gled from fish­ing line then die from be­ing un­able to feed. Some birds use it as nest­ing ma­te­rial which they and their off­spring then be­come en­tan­gled in. By re­mov­ing this ma­rine de­bris as well as en­cour­ag­ing oth­ers to dis­pose of their ma­rine lit­ter ap­pro­pri­ately, we hope we can make a re­ally pos­i­tive im­pact on the wel­fare of wildlife around our shores.”

Peo­ple who are in­ter­ested in this event will be able to just turn up on the day, and will be re­quired to regis­ter when they ar­rive. Un­der18s will need to be ac­com­pa­nied by an adult. If you have con­cerns for an an­i­mal’s wel­fare please call the RSPCA’s emer­gency line on 0300 1234 999. To help the RSPCA con­tinue res­cu­ing, re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing and re­hom­ing an­i­mals in des­per­ate need of care please visit: www. rspca.org.uk/give or text LOVE to 87023 to give £3 (Text costs £3 + one stan­dard net­work rate mes­sage).

Ma­rine lit­ter is dan­ger­ous to many sea crea­tures

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