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Adnams Beachwatch Big Weekend 2013

By Benedict Orchard, also posted in News on

Adnams Beachwatch Big Weekend volunteersSaturday 21st September saw 28 budding volunteers head out to the 1km stretch of Southwold beach between Gun Hill and the Harbour, to help clean it up as part of the annual Marine Conservation Society's Beachwatch Big Weekend. This year marked the tenth anniversary since we adopted our stretch of beach and began cleaning it, helping marine wildlife to avoid ingesting or becoming entangled in it. As this event was our 'big' beach clean (we hold several throughout the year), we didn’t just remove the litter from the beach, we also recorded what type, and how much, litter there was. Between us all we managed to remove over 3,000 pieces of litter from the beach, of which 73% was plastic – dominantly un-sourced tiny pieces. Adnams beach clean in progressOther common items were crisp and sandwich wrappers, bottle lids, rope and string and plastic bags – a split between public litter and fishing/shipping litter. Nothing too out of the ordinary cropped up; just a couple of kids’ toys, a pair of goggles and a surprising amount of tea bags! The data collected will be submitted to the Marine Conservation Society, who will use this to compile the national beach clean survey report – last year over 3,500 volunteers collected 180,000 items of litter from beaches across the UK. The group really got stuck in and helped make another very successful clean. They worked up their appetites and enjoyed the reward of fish and chips and a pint of Adnams at The Harbour Inn. I'd like to thanks all the volunteers for their help, it was much appreciated. I look forward to seeing lots of you at our next beach clean which is provisionally scheduled for sometime in the spring of 2014. If you would like to register your interest in advance, please send me an email: The Eastern Daily Press also covered the events happening across our region - you can read Anthony Carroll's article here. View images of this year's Adnams Southwold Big Clean on Flickr.    


Benedict Orchard