Volunteers needed for St Cyrus beach clean up

the public are being asked to help keep the beach at St Cyrus national nature reserve litter-free and safe for wildlife.

Every year thousands of birds, seals, dolphins and marine mammals die by swallowing or becoming entangled in rubbish.

The St Cyrus Beach Clean is being arranged by the Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and will take place from 11am to 2.30pm on September 18th at St Cyrus

The Beach Clean is part of the Marine Conservation Society Beachwatch, a national initiative now in its 18th year, with thousands of volunteers taking part every year.

Therese Alampo, St Cyrus reserve manager, said: “Hundreds of birds and marine mammals accidentally eat or become tangled up in litter every year. It’s such a needless waste of life, but we can all play our part by not littering and cleaning up dangerous litter on our beaches.

“I invite people to come out and join us on September 18 to make a real difference to marine wildlife.”

Volunteers should meet at the Old Lifeboat Visitor Centre. For more information, call 01674 830736, but no booking is necessary. All under 18s must be accompanied by an adult, and gloves and litter pickers will be provided.

St Cyrus reserve is one of the most picturesque sections of coastline in north-east Scotland. It boasts the magnificent sandy sweep of Montrose Bay, towering volcanic cliffs, yellow dunes, and a spectacular wildflower meadow that supports a number of rare plants and insects.