Volunteers set for mass beach clean-up across Dorset

Bournemouth Echo: Bounty hunters comb the beach at Branscombe looking for items washed up in containers from the stricken MSC Napoli, which was run aground off the Devon coast Bounty hunters comb the beach at Branscombe looking for items washed up in containers from the stricken MSC Napoli, which was run aground off the Devon coast

FOR every footstep taken on a Dorset beach, there are two pieces of litter.

The tide of litter appears to be increasing, posing not only a health hazard and putting off visitors, but also posing a danger to marine wildlife.

It is estimated that more than 100,000 marine animals die every year from entanglement or ingestion of plastics, discarded on beaches or at sea.

Now, with the help of volunteers, the National Trust aims to stem the tide of unsightly pollution on the south-west’s beaches with a mass clean-up.

From April 2 - 10, staff and hundreds of volunteers are giving a spring clean to 27 beaches including Brownsea Island and Studland.

The trust looks after 716 miles of coastline in the south-west and each beach clean costs an estimated £400.

This is the fourth annual NT beach clean, which began in 2008 when items including a sofa, Japanese crisps and medical drip feed bags were discovered on beaches.

The majority of the litter collected was marine waste but more than 20 per cent came from beach users.

Previous beach cleans found items from the grounded Napoli at Branscome Beach, Devon washed up along the Purbeck coast and as far as Bournemouth.

Phil Dyke, NT coast and marine adviser based in the south-west, said: “This is the first major beach clean of the season and certainly one of the largest.

“It’s essential we wait until this time as generally the worst of the winter storms are over and to ensure our beaches are looking their best in time for our Easter visitors.”

Rangers are expecting that various types of plastics will provide the greatest volume of litter.

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12:01pm Wed 6 Apr 11

0racle says...

Why isn't this sort of thing handed out as community service for minor offenders and long term jobseekers all year round?
Well done to those volunteering though.
Why isn't this sort of thing handed out as community service for minor offenders and long term jobseekers all year round? Well done to those volunteering though. 0racle
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12:29pm Wed 6 Apr 11

hammer says...

The minor offenders etc would probably create more litter than they pick up e.g. fag ends and tinnies!
The minor offenders etc would probably create more litter than they pick up e.g. fag ends and tinnies! hammer
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1:41pm Wed 6 Apr 11

Fu_Man_Chu says...

Fantastic to see people getting together and doing something positive. At the end of the day every person who lives on this planet creates waste and doing events like this brings home to everyone that takes part just how much. Everyone should do their bit as I am sure a piece of rubbish from almost every person on this planet will be in the sea or on a beach somewhere in the world.
Echo - Is there a web link or anything to find out where and when the beach cleans are?
Fantastic to see people getting together and doing something positive. At the end of the day every person who lives on this planet creates waste and doing events like this brings home to everyone that takes part just how much. Everyone should do their bit as I am sure a piece of rubbish from almost every person on this planet will be in the sea or on a beach somewhere in the world. Echo - Is there a web link or anything to find out where and when the beach cleans are? Fu_Man_Chu
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1:51pm Wed 6 Apr 11

neesdon says...

Is this Dave's Big Issue Society' in practice? Quick call a Tory 'in it for me' Councilor or expense fiddling MP to get in the photo opportunity.
Is this Dave's Big Issue Society' in practice? Quick call a Tory 'in it for me' Councilor or expense fiddling MP to get in the photo opportunity. neesdon
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2:37pm Wed 6 Apr 11

Capt. Ahab (ret.) says...

Ahoy Brethren,
Do yer think thy volunteers whilst be carrying a most commendable but unenviable and by rights an unnecessary task be persuaded to collect ‘Weights Elephant’ as they pass by.
Ahoy Brethren, Do yer think thy volunteers whilst be carrying a most commendable but unenviable and by rights an unnecessary task be persuaded to collect ‘Weights Elephant’ as they pass by. Capt. Ahab (ret.)
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5:23pm Wed 6 Apr 11

JulesWatson says...

I have the date of the 17th April (11am until 1pm) for the Studland Beach Clean. Have the dates changed? If so the Great Dorset Beach Clean Website needs updating. Am confused now as wanted to help .....
I have the date of the 17th April (11am until 1pm) for the Studland Beach Clean. Have the dates changed? If so the Great Dorset Beach Clean Website needs updating. Am confused now as wanted to help ..... JulesWatson
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7:32pm Wed 6 Apr 11

H2o-hara says...

Well done to all those volunteering !
Only the countryside is also in such a need !
Well done to all those volunteering ! Only the countryside is also in such a need ! H2o-hara
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11:11am Thu 7 Apr 11

DCC info says...

JulesWatson wrote:
I have the date of the 17th April (11am until 1pm) for the Studland Beach Clean. Have the dates changed? If so the Great Dorset Beach Clean Website needs updating. Am confused now as wanted to help .....
JulesWatson: Don't worry, The Great Dorset Beach Clean is still on the 17th. It's now in its 23rd year, so nothing new. It looks like the National Trust confused some of the information, as some of their beaches are also part of the GDBC. Check out: http://www.dorsetfor
you.com/greatdorsetb
eachclean
[quote][p][bold]JulesWatson[/bold] wrote: I have the date of the 17th April (11am until 1pm) for the Studland Beach Clean. Have the dates changed? If so the Great Dorset Beach Clean Website needs updating. Am confused now as wanted to help .....[/p][/quote]JulesWatson: Don't worry, The Great Dorset Beach Clean is still on the 17th. It's now in its 23rd year, so nothing new. It looks like the National Trust confused some of the information, as some of their beaches are also part of the GDBC. Check out: http://www.dorsetfor you.com/greatdorsetb eachclean DCC info
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