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Turn the tide on trash this weekend!

Posted by StreetSafe on September 14, 2011

This weekend Natural England is hitting the beach to clean up the flotsam and jetsam washed up by the sea at North Walney; and, they would like you to come and join them! Throughout the country local communities will be taking to their beaches as part of the Marine Conservation Society’s ‘Beachwatch Big Weekend!’ which sees thousands of volunteers heading out to care for their coastal environment. It is the most influential fight against marine litter in the UK, and you can be part of it!
The beach clean will take place at North Walney, with volunteers meeting at the Earnse Bay car park at 10am on Saturday 17th September. You don’t need any special skills or experience, and all equipment will be provided. The beach clean will run until 12pm, however, volunteers need only stay as long as they like. There is no need to pre-book your place, simply come along with a smile of your face! Supportive footwear and warm, waterproof clothes are recommended.
Gemma Blackburn, Community Outreach Adviser for North Walney National Nature Reserve said, ‘The stormy weather, earlier this week, is certain to have washed up lots of sea-borne litter, making this an ideal time to get out on the beach and have a good clean up! The volunteers who come along to our beach cleans make a huge difference – leaving our beaches and seas cleaner and safer for animals and ourselves. We urge anyone with some spare time this weekend to come out and join us. We will be taking things at a leisurely pace, and volunteers can help for as long as they like – you would be amazed at how much you can collect in just 30 minutes!’
Unfortunately, litter is a big problem for wild animals – especially those living in our seas. Sea birds, whales, dolphins and turtles are just some of the amazing animals harmed by sea borne litter off our coasts. These animals often accidentally swallow plastic floating in the sea, filling their stomachs with something that they just cannot digest. The plastic then simply sits in their stomach, preventing them from filling it with the nutritious food they need to survive. Sometimes these animals can then simply starve to death.
As a coastal town, Barrow is well placed to make a difference to the growing litter problem in our seas. We hope that local people will feel motivated to take action against the garbage monster!
For details please click attached poster BEACHCLEAN2

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