Local beaches given a deep clean

West Links Beach Arbroath

West Links Beach Arbroath

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LOCAL beaches are in a good state after being given a thorough clean as part of the Marine Conservation Society’s Beachwatch programme last weekend.

A total of 15 beaches, including Broughty Ferry, Carnoustie, Arbroath and Lunan Bay, were spruced up and even though the results for individual beaches are yet to be validated, the MSC are confident local beaches are in a healthy state.

Doug McLaren from Friends of the Earth Tayside was heavily involved in organising beach clean stretching from Broughty Ferry in the south to St Cyrus in the north.

He said: “The total length of beaches survey and cleaned was almost 7 km and 8500 items of litter were removed; that’s 1.2 items of litter per metre.

“There were over 200 hours of volunteer hours worked which yielded almost two tonnes of litter.

“Locally, we compare favourably with the national figures as last year, there were 1.8 items per metre across all of Scotland’s beaches surveyed.”

But despite the pleasing results Doug says there is still more work to be done.

He added: “We are not resting on our laurels however, and will be addressing some of the persistent problems such as sewage related debris, dog fouling, discarding fishing lines and polystyrene pieces which have shown up on some of the beaches surveyed.”