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HOW TO CARRY OUT A BEACH CLEAN

By Emily and Rob Stevenson, Beach Guardian

www.facebook.com/BeachGuardian 

 

The highest point on a beach where the tide reaches is called the strandline. This is where the waves leave behind items such as seaweed, dead plants, dead animals and, unfortunately, plastics

 

Several strandlines can occur on every beach due to changes in the height of the tides

 

When you are doing a beach clean, you do so at your own risk so stay safe

Be careful of slippery, seaweed-covered rocks

 

Supervise children and make sure they don’t pick up sharp items, animal faeces or dead animals

Make sure children do not go to the water’s edge or climb on cliffs

Always plan an escape route if you are working under cliffs and be wary of rock falls

 

Make sure someone knows where you are going and what time you plan to be back

 

Be aware of the tide and don’t allow yourself to get cut off

Use an online tracking tool such as www.tide-forecast.com

 

Wear protective gloves or use a litter picker

If you can’t, wash your hands afterwards and take hand sanitiser with you

 

Old needles must be handled carefully and disposed of properly

A doctor’s surgery or hospital is the best place

 

Do not pick up anything organic as it’s important for the local wildlife

For example, seaweed on the beach is a habitat for small invertebrates

 

If you find a sea bird or marine mammal in peril please report it

In the UK contact the Marine Strandings Network on 0345 2012 626

 

If the animal is still alive please report it to The British Divers Marine Life Rescue on 01825 765546

 

If you find ordnance (old shells or bullets) call the Coastguard immediately by dialling 999

 

If you find what you suspect to be dangerous chemicals or substances leave them alone

Call the Coastguard immediately by dialling 999

 

Please dispose of anything you collect through local recycling facilities

Consider how it might be used to educate and inspire younger people

We are also responsible for our use of plastics and the care of our beaches

 

Thanks

Emily and Rob Stevenson

 

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