Volunteers needed to tackle litter on the beach

Eastbourne beach
Eastbourne beach

Volunteers are needed to help clean up Eastbourne beach next month.

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is hosting its annual Beachwatch Big Weekend from September 20 to September 23, with 2013 marking the 20th anniversary of the event.

The clean up is organised on the third weekend in September so the community can get involved to clean their local or favourite beach and record what they find to help the fight against marine litter.

Lauren Eyles, MCS Beachwatch officer, said, “Beach litter has steadily risen over the two decades we’ve been recording it on UK beaches.

“Beachwatch is the most respected and long standing beach litter survey in the UK, but we need more people to join us as volunteer beach cleaners to help make this 20th anniversary event the most comprehensive collection of data yet.”

With weeks to go until the Beachwatch Big Weekend MCS hopes that the 20th anniversary event will have even more volunteers than in 2008 when more than 5,000 people helped clean nearly 400 beaches.

Ms Eyles added, “Cleaning a beach only takes a couple of hours at most.

“The Beachwatch organiser explains how to fill in the data forms and then it’s just a case of grabbing a litter picker and a bin bag and filling it up with rubbish.”

Over the years Beachwatch volunteers have found everything from a life size fake donkey to a KP peanut packet from the 1970s washed up on the shore.

For more information visit: www.mcsuk.org/beachwatch, email:: beachwatch@mcsuk.org or call the Beachwatch team on 01989 567807.