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Can you help rid Purbeck bay of potentially damaging litter?
A MAJOR litter problem affecting a beautiful Purbeck bay is being tackled again by a task force of volunteers.
Dorset Wildlife Trust is seeking people to take part in another clean-up at Worbarrow Bay on Sunday, September 15.
Litter found on the beach at busy times of the year and during storms, not only ruins the landscape but is potentially damaging to the precious marine environment.
“Litter is an on-going problem and the next storm will bring a new wave of rubbish onto the shore,” said marine warden Melinda Fisher.
“Everyone can help out by joining in with beach cleans held on local beaches throughout the year.”
In September last year trust volunteers removed a skip full of litter from the beach and 800 plastic bottles were taken for recycling.
Nets, fishing lines, plastic packing straps and other plastic items kill approximately 100,000 marine animals and one million seabirds every year around the world. Nurdles – plastic pellets – and carrier bags are mistaken for food and swallowed, blocking digestive systems and causing juvenile animals and birds to starve.
Concern has been raised for some of the unusual marine life visitors to Dorset beaches such as huge sunfish and turtles as they can mistake floating plastic bags and balloons for jellyfish, which make up part of their diet. Most plastics take several hundred years to break down.
The trust points out that we can all do our bit to slow down this tide of rubbish such as re-using bags and bottles, recycling where possible, not releasing balloons or Chinese lanterns and taking litter home to dispose of.
Everyone is welcome to the beach clean, which starts at 10am.
For more information contact the Fine Foundation Marine on 01929 481044 or email the Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org
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