The UK's biggest beach clean up and survey

Beach clean volunteersLove your beach? Care about the coast? Do something about the terrible litter levels around our shores... Beachwatch is our national beach cleaning programme - supporting individuals, groups and communities in caring for their local shoreline. With beach cleans throughout the year plus the Great British Beach Clean (our annual flagship event), you can find out what is happening near you or organise your own beach clean - and be part of the most influential fight against marine litter in the UK!

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.


Download the beachwatch reports and backing papers

Great British Beach Clean 2014

In 2014, we celebrated the 21st anniversary of our Beachwatch surveys with a special event (19th -22nd September) - The Great British Beach Clean. 

Click here to see the results!

You can sign up soon to take part in this year's Great British Beach Clean in September - or, if you can't wait, in the Big Beach Clean Up in May!

Don't forget, you can carry out beachcleans and surveys with us all year round - click on the link above to register as an organiser.