Dan's Conservation Blog
Watch your beach!
On 15th and 16th September its time for the annual ‘Beachwatch’ event run by U.K. charity the Marine Conservation Society (www.mcsuk.org). ‘Beachwatch’ is a very successful beach cleaning campaign that has taken place around the country every September for many years now. It relies on local volunteers and organisations to set up an event on their favourite beach, which then gets advertised to the public so they can come and help with the tidy up too! All of the rubbish that is collected from every beach is recorded on a data sheet, which is then compiled and sent back to the MCS for them to write the summary report – detailing the variety of possible sources of the pollution and which beaches are worst affected.
The Cornish Seal Sanctuary has organised beach cleans in the area since 2004 and once again this year we will be taking part. We have two events over the weekend that we would love to see you at if you would like to help out and do your part for conservation:
Saturday 15th September, 11am, Gunwalloe Fishing Cove, meeting at the Halzephron beach access point. Sunday 16th September, 11am, Gwithian, Hayle, meeting at the Red River end of the beach.
All volunteers who come to our events will be given free entry to the Sanctuary for their efforts as well, and if you’d like to find out more, you can give us a ring on 01326 221361.
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- The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) campaigns to stop sewege pollution getting onto our beaches.
- To keep our beaches unspoilt, you can take just a few simple steps!
1) Act responsibly – Don’t put fats and oils down the sink or flush rubbish down the loo.
2) Use environmentally friendly cleaning and beauty products.
3) Clean up – don’t leave your rubbish on the beach.
4) Use water wisely – the less water we use the less water there is to treat!
5) Report pollution – If you spot a pollution incident you should contact the local council and the relevant environmental agency’s Pollution Hotline.
- You can get hands on with your beach and become a MCS Sea Champion! Our very own Rachael Vine is a champion, so why not ask her about it? Telephone 01326 221 361 to find out more or visit http://www.mcsuk.org/seachampions
- Since 2004, we have collected and recycled over 360kg of beach litter.