Why is beach cleaning so important?

Some of our best-loved marine wildlife is under threat from the waste and litter in our seas, with hundreds of species accidentally eating or becoming entangled in litter. Litter on our beaches is also hazardous to people so we all have a part to play in turning the tide on litter.

Click on the get involved buttons in the banner above.

To see the survey results from the most recent Beachwatch event, visit our latest Beachwatch Results page.


Download the beachwatch reports and backing papers

Beachwatch Big Weekend!

Thank you to everyone who took part in the 20th annual Beachwatch Big Weekend in 2013. This year, MCS is marking the 21st anniversary of the Beachwatch Big Weekend with a special event: the Great British Beach Clean.


This year, our goal is to get 10,000 people to clean and do a litter survey on at least 400 beaches between the 19th and the 22nd of September.


The Great British Beach Clean is not replacing Beachwatch Big Weekend - we just want to make this year's event even bigger and better.