On Saturday 18th September, members of the Pacific West team rolled up their sleeves and headed down to Sand Bay at Weston Super Mare to support the Marine Conversation Society “Great British Beach Clean” event.
The Marine Conservation Society is a UK charity fighting for a cleaner, better-protected, healthier ocean: one we can all enjoy
Every September thousands of people take to the beach all over the UK to take part in the Great British Beach Clean. This is more than just an opportunity to pick up litter, the team recorded all the items of rubbish they collected. The information is then analysed by MCS to provide a picture of the litter situation across the UK, which is then used to campaign for real change.
Here’s some statistics from previous research:
- 425 litter items found per 100m of beach surveyed at last year's Great British Beach Clean
- 30% of beach cleans last year found face masks and PPE
- 55% drop in plastic bags found on UK beaches since 5p charge introduced
You can read more about the MCS campaign on their website.
As you can see from the photographs the team definitely got lucky with the glorious September sunshine, and it was an opportunity for all the family to get involved.
We hear there were opportunities for fish and chips afterwards as a reward!