Help out at Big Weekend!

By Jacki Clark
By Jacki Clark

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is looking for volunteers to take part in its annual Beachwatch Big Weekend clean-up.

You could be among thousands of volunteers who join the event every third weekend in September to clean their local or favourite beach and record what they find to help the fight against marine litter as part of the International Coastal Clean-up, organised by Ocean Conservancy.

This year is the 20th anniversary of the September Beachwatch clean-ups and the charity is determined to make it bigger and better than ever – with more volunteers required and more beaches cleaned.

MCS Beachwatch Officer, Lauren Eyles, explained: “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 just a month to go before the event, which will take place over the weekend of September 20 to 23, MCS hopes the 20th anniversary event will have even more volunteers than in 2008 when over 5,000 people helped clean nearly 400 beaches.

If you would like to get involved visit, e-mail or call the Beachwatch team on 01989 567807.