Beach clean-up plan to preserve marine wildlife
CABIN Hill National Nature Reserve, in Formby, will be getting a thorough clean on Friday, January 18 as part of Beachwatch, the Marine Conservation Society’s (MCS) beach clean and litter survey.
The survey aims to highlight the issues of beach litter around the UK’s coastline, and the event is being run in partnership with Natural England, who manage Cabin Hill National Nature Reserve.
Reserve manager Dave Mercer said: “Volunteers make an incredibly valuable contribution to the management of the nature reserve.
“We are delighted that Andy Laverick has organised this event as it is very difficult for the staff to keep on top of the plastic waste on Cabin Hill NNR especially in the winter months.”
Local Beachwatch organiser Andy Laverick said: “I would like to see more volunteers than ever before lend a hand to make this latest clean a success.
“The event takes place on January 18, 2019, at 10am, and it promises to be a fun and informative social occasion.”
Andy explained that the tide of litter washing up on our shores is not just unpleasant to look at, but can harm and even kill some of our best-loved marine wildlife.
He said: “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 beach clean surveys have recorded a steady increase in the amount of beach litter since 1993.
The four main sources of litter found on UK beaches come from the public, fishing, sanitary waste (particularly cotton bud sticks) and shipping.
Join Andy at Cabin Hill 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 number of volunteers allowed to attend the event is limited, as the site is a National Nature Reserve.
Therefore, registration is essential.
PLEASE contact the organiser for further information.
Volunteers can register online at https://www. mcsuk.org/beachwatch or they can contact Andy at greatbritishbeachclean[email protected]hoo.com
Braced for a clean-up – Cabin Hill National Nature Reserve, Formby Beach