THE UK’s leading marine charity is urging people in Dorset who love the coast to organise a beach clean and survey and do their bit in the worldwide fight against marine litter.

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) will be running its 24th annual Great British Beach Clean-up event between September 15 and 18.

This year, the Great British Beach Clean is being sponsored by Waitrose which is donating £500,000 to MCS from their carrier bag fund to help make the 2017 Great British Beach Clean-up the biggest in the event’s history.

Waitrose are also supporting MCS’ year round marine litter survey work and over the next year the charity aims to organise 1,000 beach and river clean ups across England alone for people to participate in.

Although the Great British Beach Clean doesn’t take place until September, MCS says it is vital that new organisers get involved now so volunteers have enough time to sign up to the new clean-ups.

To find out more go to or telephone 01989 566017.