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.
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