Our Lady’s beach clean in An­gus

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - NEWS -

Chil­dren from Our Lady’s RC Pri­mary School in Perth vis­ited East Haven yes­ter­day to take part in a Marine Con­ser­va­tion So­ci­ety beach sur­vey and clean.

It comes af­ter the pupils wel­comed Roseanna Cun­ning­ham MSP, cab­i­net sec­re­tary for en­vi­ron­ment, to their school in Jan­uary to present her with their find­ings on marine lit­ter.

The chil­dren have been learn­ing about the prob­lem of pol­lu­tion at sea and sup­port­ing the #wild­bot­tle­sight­ing cam­paign, de­spite some hav­ing never vis­ited the sea­side.

They took the op­por­tu­nity to go to the beach on the An­gus coast­line yes­ter­day and help col­lect data about the types of lit­ter that are im­pact­ing Scot­land’s land­scape and marine life.

Mar­garet Sharkey, a P3 teacher at Our Lady’s Pri­mary, said: “This is a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for our chil­dren to go to the beach and see the scale of the prob­lem for them­selves.

“A num­ber of them have never been to a beach be­fore, so we’ll be giv­ing them a first look at Scot­land’s beau­ti­ful coast­line, not just the lit­ter too of­ten found on it.

“Dur­ing our project on wa­ter and marine life, the chil­dren were very sur­prised to find out that a huge amount of the lit­ter thrown away in Perth makes its way on to our beaches.”

Cather­ine Gem­mell, Scot­land con­ser­va­tion of­fi­cer for the Marine Con­ser­va­tion So­ci­ety, said: “I am de­lighted to be meet­ing up again with the amaz­ing young cam­paign­ers.”

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