Bovisand Plymouth beach clean (and survey for the OSPAR convention)

Jules Agate

All of our events are arranged in line with national and local government Covid guidance. Please ensure that you know and understand the current rules.

  • Beach stretch:

    Fort Bovisand Beach

  • Date and time:

    26 Apr 2023, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Meeting point:

    Meet at Cliff Edge Cafe PL9 0AD on the cliff top - look out for the MCS flag. Please note this is the FORT side NOT the Bovisand Café side. Please check the map before you go and don’t follow the signs to Bovisand if coming from Plymouth, as you’ll end up on the wrong cliff! Parking – There is car park charge you can pay by cash or Ringo – charges shown here 1 Hour £1.20, 2 Hours £2.40, 3 Hours £3.60 You can get a ferry to Mountbatten and walk 20-30 minutes on the coast path. There is a bus from the city too. Toilets are by the cafe.

  • Capacity:

    40 volunteers - 26 spaces left

  • School friendly?


A map showing the Fort Bovisand Beach beach stretch plotted on it

We will hand out kit and then assist people to descend to the beach, either by steps or the path. It is quite a steep walk down to the beach via the steps (about 5 minutes) so please bear this in mind if you have any mobility issues or are bringing prams/buggies etc. There is a steep path with steps, and a gentler one down from this side that takes a few minutes longer.

We will carry out a clean up and survey of the whole beach (which is 100m long). In this survey we collect and record ALL litter we find. This data helps us to know what litter items are becoming a problem and try to find solutions to reduce their impact.

Do keep an eye on the weather and dress accordingly e.g. bring waterproofs, warm clothes, hats, suncream for whatever the weather is doing that day. Please wear sturdy shoes with grips, not flip flops or sandals. A stream runs down through the beach, so wellies or waterproof shoes are helpful, even though we won’t be going paddling IN the sea! Litter collects in the stream edge. Bring a pencil and a drink in your own water bottle (re-usable) so we aren't creating more litter. A snack might be a good idea!

RE covid 19 & flu: Please do not attend if you, or any member of your household, have symptoms of the flu or coronavirus. Please bring a face mask with you if you can wear one, in case of first aid need. Do wash/sanitise hands frequently, 

Volunteers should bring along their own gardening-type gloves, wear them at all times, and use litter pickers we provide. Extra gloves may be available to be only used if no others have been brought and at own risk of user, as we are unable to guarantee they are 100% virus free. Suitable, thick gloves are available from Wilko/£1 shops at very little cost.

Sanitiser will be available, but bring your own if you have sensitive skin or allergies. Please come on time for an important pre-clean safety briefing. All under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

All are directed to please read our virus guidance for beach cleans pre-event

If you have any questions or cannot read these, please contact [email protected]

We look forward to seeing you on the beach.


Also worth knowing…

What to bring: We’d recommend you pack a rucksack with a few essentials like sunscreen, waterproofs, hand sanitiser, and perhaps some snacks and a drink (in a reusable bottle, of course).

What to wear: If you're picking up litter with your hands it's worth wearing a strong pair of gloves - like gardening gloves - just to make sure you're protected. Sturdy shoes are a must for protection too.

Under 16s: To comply with our insurance, volunteers under 16 will need to be accompanied by an adult who will be asked to sign a parental / guardian consent form on the day by the beach clean organiser. 

26 spaces remaining - join us on the beach whilst there’s still spaces!