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Adnams Great British Beach Clean 2019

By Will, also posted in News on

We were blessed with beautiful blue skies and sunshine for our beach clean on Saturday 21st September. We had 87 wonderful, very enthusiastic volunteers who all helped to make sure we keep Southwold beach looking lovely. 

September's beach clean is our 'big one' of the year, we organise it to coincide with the Marine Conservation Society Great British Beach Clean weekend, which sees hundreds of beach cleans and thousands of volunteers clean beaches across UK over one weekend.

We record and collate the information about the items found on the first 100m of the clean and submit this info to the Marine Conservation Society. This data contributes to the Marine Conservation Society's Beach Watch Survey which records the type and quantity of litter found across the UK.

What did we find?

We found an average of 357 pieces of litter per 100m of beach, which means that the beach was cleaner this time round than previous cleans. This is slightly surprising considering how busy Southwold was during the summer, but is hopefully an indication that people are listening to the outrage of littering and the impact of plastic on the ocean and therefore acting to reduce litter. In comparison to UK wide data, we can see that Southwold is generally a clean beach.
An updated version of our chart looking at the amount of litter we've been finding since 2013 can be found by clicking here.

Top 3 Items

  • 57% plastic (decrease since our last clean)
  • 24% paper – over half of which were cigarette butts
  • 7% wood

There weren't too many interesting finds this time (which is a good thing), the only real item of note was part of an old road sign.

After enjoying a morning in the sun, picking up litter we headed to the Harbour Inn to enjoy some well-deserved, delicious fish & chips and a pint.

A big thank you goes out to all of our great volunteers for helping us, we hoped you enjoyed the day as much as we did.

To see some photos from September's Beach Clean click here.

Our next Beach Clean will be in early 2020 probably around March (date still TBC). 
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