Beach clean invitation

From syringes to ceramics, plasters to panty liners, fishing line to fence posts and plastics to pushbikes – it’s all been found on Scottish beaches and the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), the UK charity dedicated to protecting our seas, shores and wildlife, says it needs beach lovers across Scotland to help get the issue on the political agenda.

This year’s MCS Beachwatch Big Weekend takes place on September 14 to 17 and will involve hundreds of volunteers taking to the beaches around the Scottish coast.

During the event, volunteer litter pickers will clean up and record the rubbish they find, as part of the International Coastal Cleanup which takes place in over 100 countries and regions worldwide. The data collected will help MCS shape its beach litter campaign in Scotland and keep up pressure on the Scottish Government to act to reduce the amount of rubbish that blights our beaches.

“As a charity we rely heavily on volunteer support either at events or financially,” says MCS Scottish Projects Officer, Anne Saunders. “Beachwatch is a great way for our supporters to get hands on and really make a difference. We’d like to see more people out on beaches this year and more beaches cleaned. The Olympics seem to have slowed down the registration of both beach organisers and volunteers, now it’s all over we’re urging people to sign up and make this the biggest and best year for Beachwatch in Scotland. However if people can’t make it to a beach they can always donate or become a member to ensure this type of event continues and we can all do our bit to reduce beach litter.” Getting involved in MCS’ Beachwatch Big Weekend in Scotland is a great way to support the charity whilst taking part in a world-wide live scientific investigation. To get involved in Beachwatch Big Weekend 2012 and be part of the biggest and most influential fight against marine litter in the UK visit www.mcsuk.org/beachwatch or telephone 01989 566017.