Wildlife presenter Kate Humble leads mass clean-up at Hengistbury Head

Kate Humble at Hengistbury Head beach

Kate Humble at Hengistbury Head beach

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TELEVISION presenter Kate Humble led dozens of volunteers as they cleared litter from Hengistbury Head beach and made it safe for wildlife.

The Springwatch host is an ambassador for the Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project, which is targeting 14 beaches across the country.

Kate, who was visiting Hengistbury Head for the first time, urged volunteers to spread awareness of how litter, especially plastic, can devastate wildlife and marine creatures.

She said: “The marine environment is something that’s very close to my heart. I learnt to dive in the mid-90s and it was that that made me realise that the sea isn’t just a big bucket of water. It’s actually one of the richest wildlife habitats that we have.”

“If you think a little bit about what’s in the sea – dolphins, basking sharks, seahorses – it seems extraordinary to me that people tend to think of the sea as a litter bin rather than a wildlife habitat.”

She said she had witnessed an autopsy on a leatherback turtle, which had starved to death after swallowing pieces of a plastic bag and said she fully supported plans to make shoppers pay for carrier bags.

“I live in Wales where we have to pay 5p for a bag,” she said. “You get out of the automatic habit of just accepting a bag. I carry a recycled bag with me wherever I go and I do think a bag tax will make a huge difference.

“I don’t understand why there is all the political to-ing and fro-ing, it’s utterly unnecessary for people to be handed out plastic bags. It’s just about breaking a habit.”

The beach cleans, which are run in conjunction with Surfers Against Sewage have already resulted in just under 500 kilos of rubbish being removed from Britain’s beaches this year.

Among those taking part at Hengistbury Head were Neil and Angela Denby, of New Milton. Angela said: “We’ve been watching Springwatch and like Kate Humble on that. We saw she was going to be down here and it seemed like a good thing to help out with. It’s good that people get involved with things like this, litter is such a killer in the oceans.”

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9:56am Sat 7 Jun 14

Azphreal says...

So the company that lost all the cigerettes and tea that washed up are paying some of the bill for the cleaning of the beach?
So the company that lost all the cigerettes and tea that washed up are paying some of the bill for the cleaning of the beach? Azphreal
  • Score: 0

10:20am Sat 7 Jun 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

Kate Humble isn't on Springwatch, it's female presenter is Michaela Strachan so get some glasses Angela.
Kate Humble isn't on Springwatch, it's female presenter is Michaela Strachan so get some glasses Angela. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 3

10:48am Sat 7 Jun 14

Chriswood says...

Hope the cigarette smoking Humble picked up her fag butts!
Hope the cigarette smoking Humble picked up her fag butts! Chriswood
  • Score: 0

10:51am Sat 7 Jun 14

whataboutthat says...

Most of the 'litter' on Hengistbury Head is marine litter. Sure, I often take twenty five yards of frayed polypropelyne rope, a couple of twenty gallon oil containers and loads of fish boxes just to dump them after a quick swim.
Most of the 'litter' on Hengistbury Head is marine litter. Sure, I often take twenty five yards of frayed polypropelyne rope, a couple of twenty gallon oil containers and loads of fish boxes just to dump them after a quick swim. whataboutthat
  • Score: -3

11:07am Sat 7 Jun 14

aquasplash3 says...

Sir Beachy Head wrote:
Kate Humble isn't on Springwatch, it's female presenter is Michaela Strachan so get some glasses Angela.
She used to be on it though.
[quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: Kate Humble isn't on Springwatch, it's female presenter is Michaela Strachan so get some glasses Angela.[/p][/quote]She used to be on it though. aquasplash3
  • Score: 1

11:07am Sat 7 Jun 14

ragj195 says...

whataboutthat wrote:
Most of the 'litter' on Hengistbury Head is marine litter. Sure, I often take twenty five yards of frayed polypropelyne rope, a couple of twenty gallon oil containers and loads of fish boxes just to dump them after a quick swim.
You obviously haven't been there recently. The high tides a couple of months ago eroded huge chunks of the dunes creating a mini cliff face, and dumped loads of crap on the beach. Not just the normal stuff you mention.
[quote][p][bold]whataboutthat[/bold] wrote: Most of the 'litter' on Hengistbury Head is marine litter. Sure, I often take twenty five yards of frayed polypropelyne rope, a couple of twenty gallon oil containers and loads of fish boxes just to dump them after a quick swim.[/p][/quote]You obviously haven't been there recently. The high tides a couple of months ago eroded huge chunks of the dunes creating a mini cliff face, and dumped loads of crap on the beach. Not just the normal stuff you mention. ragj195
  • Score: 2

11:24am Sat 7 Jun 14

teri10 says...

Sir Beachy Head wrote:
Kate Humble isn't on Springwatch, it's female presenter is Michaela Strachan so get some glasses Angela.
Kate Humble was a springwatch presenter for 7 years, so maybe its you who needs the glasses 'sir' beachy head......
[quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: Kate Humble isn't on Springwatch, it's female presenter is Michaela Strachan so get some glasses Angela.[/p][/quote]Kate Humble was a springwatch presenter for 7 years, so maybe its you who needs the glasses 'sir' beachy head...... teri10
  • Score: 4

1:38pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

aquasplash3 wrote:
Sir Beachy Head wrote:
Kate Humble isn't on Springwatch, it's female presenter is Michaela Strachan so get some glasses Angela.
She used to be on it though.
And Bill Clinton used to be president but he isn't anymore.
[quote][p][bold]aquasplash3[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: Kate Humble isn't on Springwatch, it's female presenter is Michaela Strachan so get some glasses Angela.[/p][/quote]She used to be on it though.[/p][/quote]And Bill Clinton used to be president but he isn't anymore. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: -1

1:43pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

teri10 wrote:
Sir Beachy Head wrote:
Kate Humble isn't on Springwatch, it's female presenter is Michaela Strachan so get some glasses Angela.
Kate Humble was a springwatch presenter for 7 years, so maybe its you who needs the glasses 'sir' beachy head......
I can't see what isn't there glasses or not. Kate is not on Springwatch so she's not able to be viewed on it. What she did in the past isn't relevant.

Michaela Strachan is the co presenter and thats a fact, check your TV guide.
[quote][p][bold]teri10[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: Kate Humble isn't on Springwatch, it's female presenter is Michaela Strachan so get some glasses Angela.[/p][/quote]Kate Humble was a springwatch presenter for 7 years, so maybe its you who needs the glasses 'sir' beachy head......[/p][/quote]I can't see what isn't there glasses or not. Kate is not on Springwatch so she's not able to be viewed on it. What she did in the past isn't relevant. Michaela Strachan is the co presenter and thats a fact, check your TV guide. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: -4

11:18pm Sat 7 Jun 14

ragj195 says...

Sir Beachy Head wrote:
teri10 wrote:
Sir Beachy Head wrote:
Kate Humble isn't on Springwatch, it's female presenter is Michaela Strachan so get some glasses Angela.
Kate Humble was a springwatch presenter for 7 years, so maybe its you who needs the glasses 'sir' beachy head......
I can't see what isn't there glasses or not. Kate is not on Springwatch so she's not able to be viewed on it. What she did in the past isn't relevant.

Michaela Strachan is the co presenter and thats a fact, check your TV guide.
Stick to being a troll, no one cares.
[quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]teri10[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: Kate Humble isn't on Springwatch, it's female presenter is Michaela Strachan so get some glasses Angela.[/p][/quote]Kate Humble was a springwatch presenter for 7 years, so maybe its you who needs the glasses 'sir' beachy head......[/p][/quote]I can't see what isn't there glasses or not. Kate is not on Springwatch so she's not able to be viewed on it. What she did in the past isn't relevant. Michaela Strachan is the co presenter and thats a fact, check your TV guide.[/p][/quote]Stick to being a troll, no one cares. ragj195
  • Score: 3

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