Help needed for beach litter survey

Posted on 29th August 2018 | in Community , Environment

Local people are being urged to join a beach litter survey which has been taking place along many of Northumberland’s beaches.

Volunteers taking part in the Coast Care beach litter survey

Volunteers on the year-long survey have been recording every piece of litter they find. The final survey takes place over the weekend of 14th-17th September to coincide with the Great British Beach Clean, and with 18 beaches to survey in four days, Coast Care needs more volunteers to take part.

Laura Shearer and Anna Chouler from Coast Care have organised the surveys and Laura said “The Great British Beach Clean weekend is the ideal event to collect the last data and bring the survey period to a close. The data will be analysed and compare to a similar survey in 2007 which will provide an insight into how the composition and amount of litter has changed.

“A report will be produced which will provide us with the data we need to target litter at source rather than waiting until it hits the beach before we do anything about it.”

The survey is taking place along beaches within the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) area.

Amble Links
Date & time: Saturday, 15 September 2018 – 11:00am – 12:30pm
Meeting location: The Old Cemetery, Links Road Amble. Parking by the Salt Pans on the side of the cemetery.

Low Hauxley
Date & time: Saturday, 15 September 2018 – 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Meeting location: The village square by the access to the beach.

More information at www.coast-care.co.uk or you can book onto your local event at www.mcsuk.org/beachwatch/events/gbbc

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