Beach clean-up plan to pre­serve marine wildlife

Midweek Visiter - - Front Page - BY CHRISTY BYRNE [email protected]­i­tymir­ror.com @ByrneChristy

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

Pic­ture: COLIN LANE

Braced for a clean-up – Cabin Hill Na­tional Na­ture Re­serve, Formby Beach

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