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Welcome to Beachwatch in Scotland

Scottish beaches need you!

Since the MCS Beachwatch programme began 20 years ago, a trend has emerged of rising levels of beach litter on Scottish shores. MCS says the trend must be reversed - YOU can help us.  

Beachwatch in Scotland

Beach litter is an eyesore. Nobody wants to walk along a shore where plastic and polystyrene are felt as frequently between you toes as pebbles and sand. To humans it's an annoyance - to some wildife it's a death sentence. 

Every year thousands of birds, seals, dolphins and marine mammals die by swallowing or becoming entangled in rubbish. Through our Beachwatch programme in Scotland, MCS has campaigned for a National Litter Strategy and a Marine Litter Strategy and in the summer of 2013 a consultation on both is expected. 

The hardwork of our volunteers has helped us acheive this...but there's stil more to work to be done. 

Over the years, MCS in Scotland has worked in partnership with a range of organisations, including Forth Estuary Forum, Firth of Clyde Forum, Moray Firth Partnership, Solway Firth Partnership,  The GRAB Trust and Keep Scotland Beautiful to increase the number of Beachwatch groups in Scotland. Numerous workshops have been run around the country for community groups, schools and local businesses.

If you would like to get involved with Beachwatch, either as a volunteer or you would like to host a clean-up and survey at your local beach, contact Anne Saunders in our Edinburgh Office. Take a look at  beaches in Scotland that already take part in MCS Beachwatch here and follow the instructions on how to get invovled. 

 

Latest news for Beachwatch in Scotland

Latest news image - Report shows important sites for sharks
posted - 2014-07-11

Report shows important sites for sharks

Shark tagging research shows that waters around Coll, Tiree and Hyskeir are so important for basking sharks that a marine protected area is merited here. Read more

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Latest news image - Scottish parliament votes in favour of bag charge
posted - 2014-06-06

Scottish parliament votes in favour of bag charge

MCS pleased to see overwhelming support for 5p bag charge amongst politicians in Scotland, following vote in Scottish parliament. Read more

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Latest news image - MCS calls for ban on propellers blamed for horrific seal deaths
posted - 2014-03-13

MCS calls for ban on propellers blamed for horrific seal deaths

We've joined 13 other wildlife groups to demand an area ban on the covered propellers blamed for inflicting fatal "corkscrew" injuries on seals and porpoises. Read more

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Latest news image - Sainsbury`s and M&S joint first in seafood survey
posted - 2014-02-03

Sainsbury`s and M&S joint first in seafood survey

MCS Supermarket Seafood Survey is out and there's mixed news for our leading retailers. Tesco and Asda decline to take part, whilst Sainsbury's join M&S in top spot. Waitrose and Coop also do well       Read more

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Latest news image - Rare sighting of Flame Shell Molluscs
posted - 2013-12-13

Rare sighting of Flame Shell Molluscs

Scuba divers have found rare flame shells – a small scallop like species - in Scapa Flow, Orkney. Previous records date back to 1950s! Read more

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Latest news image - North Sea cod still a Fish to Avoid despite rise in stocks
posted - 2013-11-15

North Sea cod still a Fish to Avoid despite rise in stocks

The latest version of MCS fish ratings says North Sea cod is on the road to recovery, but should still be kept off the menu to allow conservation measures and management plans to kick in Read more

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