Coast Magazine readers give Dorset beach a spring clean
A large stretch of West Bay beach, near Bridport in Dorset, was given a thorough clean on Saturday 30th September 2012. Helped by MCS staff, a team of 80 enjoyed beautiful weather amongst Jurassic Coast surroundings.
Despite appearances - the beach had looked very clean - the intrepid crew picked up more than two thousand items within the two 100m survey stretches, filling several bin bags completely full of mostly-lightweight plastic items. The rest of the beach, about a kilometre in length was given a clean, too.
|Preparing for the clean-up - handing out litter pickers, survey forms, bin bags and gloves.|
|Getting stuck in, cleaning the first 100 metre stretch to ensure that every bit would be found and recorded.|
|More cleaning, this time showing the magnificent cliff backdrop.|
Number of enthusiastic volunteers: 80
Total number of items collected: 2054
Total weight of items: 6.5kg (plus one extremely large rope section)
Most common items: small plastic pieces; crisp,sweet and lolly wrappers.
With everything wrapped by lunchtime, everyone was treated to a fine lunch, and then prizes given for the biggest number of items collected by each group, and the most unusual item (an old camera).
Everyone enjoyed themselves so much, we're look forward to doing it all again next year!
Photos kindly provided by Nigel Fryatt, Coast Magazine.