If you want to help protect marine life then you might want to join the Great Beach Clean organised by The Marine Conservation Society.
This year’s event will take place over the weekend of 16 – 19 September 2016. Waste and litter in the seas around our coastline endanger marine wildlife as species accidentally eat or get tangled up in it. Litter on the beach is also dangerous to people and it spoils the beauty of a stretch of sand and rock pools if it’s covered in plastic bags, bottles and polystyrene.
As well as the main weekend clean-up Beachwatch also organises beach cleaning events throughout the year. Check out the website for more details. If your favourite beach isn’t listed then you can simply organise your own event.
Once you’ve signed up for a Beach Clean there are a few things you need to know. Remember to wear suitable clothing and footwear – wrap up warm as the wind on the beach can make it chilly. Don’t forget the sun cream and a bottle of water. If you have them, bring strong gloves – like gardening gloves. If you’re under 18 then you must be supervised by a parent or guardian. The organisers will give you a safety briefing before you begin and provide you with rubbish bags and so on.
Before you visit the coast, don’t forget to borrow Explore the Seashore from our Touch to See library. It’s an exciting guide to marine life around the coast of the UK.
There’s also a track about the seashore in our book called Nature Detectives. The atmospheric audio describes animals you might find on a trip to the beach and there are tactile images of an adder, common blue butterfly, sand lizard and an oystercatcher to explore.