OSPAR Beach Clean

Claire Edwards

Join this beach clean to help us stop harmful litter from reaching the ocean and collect vital data that we can use to bring about positive change for our seas.

  • Beach stretch:

    West beach LNR

  • Date and time:

    6 Jan 2024, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Meeting point:

    Please meet at the end of the carpark, in the space in front of the cafe. I will deliver my briefing here, provide kit, and then we will walk the short distance together to the start of our survey stretch. *IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you, children or dogs do not cross the fences into the restricted sand dune areas either side of the boardwalk, or towards the back of the beach, even to collect litter. These are protected wildlife spaces and are strictly prohibited as a site of special scientific interest.*

  • Capacity:

    40 volunteers - 17 spaces left

  • School friendly?

    No

A map showing the West beach LNR beach stretch plotted on it

Pay and display car park - The car park at West Beach is chargeable, and jumps from 2 hours to 24 hours in their pay brackets. To ensure that your experience is as stress-free as possible, I will begin my briefing at 11:15, with the litter collection period starting at 11:30 lasting for approximately 1 hour.  This will allow volunteers to take part fully within their 2 hour parking ticket if they wish to without the need to extend it. 

Dress for the weather - wear sturdy shoes and bring a waterproof jacket if rain is forecast, and layers for the cold.

Bring drinks and snacks to help keep hydrated and energy levels up, the cafe is closed for the season.

All equipment will be provided however please feel free to bring your own gloves if you feel more comfortable wearing your own. These should be thick garden-type gloves fo picking up litter.

Accessibility - We want to ensure this event is as accessible as possible. Please talk to us ahead of booking if you have any health conditions, access needs or Special Educational Needs and we will do our best to support your participation.

More on accessibility at West Beach - Access from the carpark is rocky and uneven.  The beach also has a winding boardwalk down to the beach at the other end. The gradient of the boardwalk fluctuates greatly. The beach is large pebbles.  Public toilets are at the carpark end of the boardwalk. 

This is a Wild Coast Sussex event funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund thanks to money raised by Lottery players. Wild Coast Sussex is a partnership project led by Sussex Wildlife Trust and with Sussex IFCA and Brighton Sealife, aiming to better connect Sussex communities with their local marine environment and inspire them to care for it. Marine Conservation Society are leading on free beach events designed specifically for young adults. 

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.