VOLUNTEERS have flocked to Highcliffe Beach for an annual beach clean.

Residents and organisations were encouraged to collect litter from the Dorset beach between Friday, September 15 and Sunday, September 24 as part of The Great British Beach Clean.

The event is organised annually by the Marine Conservation Society as part of its campaign for positive change for oceans.

One group of volunteers taking part this year came from the property management company FirstPort, which has an office a short distance from Highcliffe beach.

Bournemouth Echo: The Great British Beach Clean at Highcliffe BeachThe Great British Beach Clean at Highcliffe Beach (Image: FirstPort)

Nick Beneke, FirstPort’s regional manager, said: “We’ve found everything from microbeads to a shotgun cartridge on the beach – and lots of plastic and cigarette butts that people should really take with them.”

Other members of staff reported finding “lots of obscure items” ranging from a metal bar to discarded dog poo.

FirstPort sustainability manager Chris Phipps said: “We are carrying out a beach clean operation with colleagues and residents to help to improve the environment at Highcliffe and our oceans.

“It’s important to all of us – for the general environment and for the best of the people who live around this area, including our customers.

“We found the usual suspects really – plenty of plastics and microbeads and bottle caps, and assorted bits and bobs.

"But on the whole, it’s been a pretty enriching experience and we’ve picked up a lot.”