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Adnams Spring Beach Clean 2015

By Benedict Orchard, also posted in News on

Adnams Spring Beach Clean Volunteers 2015It may have been a gloomy-looking morning but that didn’t deter our ever-resilient beach cleaners. In fact, we had our largest ever turn-out for a beach clean on Saturday 21st March when 42 adults, four kids and two dogs helped give Southwold beach a spring clean of its litter. Last week the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) released their results of the 2014 Beachwatch Big Weekend and it unfortunately wasn’t good news. Litter levels are still increasing with the national average now just less than 2,500 pieces per km and an increase in wet wipes of 50%. However, support for MCS grows phenomenally each year and 2014 saw around a 30% increase in number of volunteer nationwide. The September weekend saw 5,349 volunteers clean 301 beaches and collect more litter than ever before. The Southwold Denes beach (between Gunhill and the harbour) is dominated by fishing and shipping litter as opposed to public litter. After surveying a sample of our beach to feed in to the MCS national database we found the dominant material is still plastic at 57% of our total findings (we've been cleaning this stretch for 12 years). We collected 23 sacks of rubbish in total with our overall litter levels lower than our September results at 2053 pieces per km. This is very positive news in light of the latest MCS findings. Untangling fishing debris from natural materialThere weren’t many prizes for weird items on the day, just stretching to a pair of pants and some roof felt. However, despite lack of bizarre or unusual finds, the beach clean is a most enjoyable and satisfying activity to be involved in. We're giving a helping hand to marine wildlife which suffers so badly from rubbish in our seas and oceans. As ever, I would like to say a very big thank you to all our volunteers. Also, thanks to Nick and his team at The Harbour Inn for accommodating us all with a well-earned free pint! In keeping with tradition, we host 3 cleans a year, with the next one in early June (keep an eye out online for the date) and our Big Beachwatch on Saturday 19th September 2015. I hope to see many of you at the next clean and please tell your friends and family to come join in the fun. There will be more details nearer the time, but if you would like to register your interest in advance please send me an e-mail: Benedict.Orchard@adnams.co.uk You can view images of our Adnams Southwold Spring Beach Clean on Flickr.  

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