Beachwatch

Information regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Small, local, private, social distancing beach cleans

Now that rules across the UK allow for more time to be spent outside, we are happy for volunteers to run beach cleans and litter surveys again – but only as small, local and private events, following the simple rules below:

  1. Always follow the government, and local council rules, where you are
  2. A private event with group numbers that follow your government advice, with social distancing measures in place
  3. On distance to travel, please always follow the government, and local council rules, where you are
  4. Book these as private, closed events to avoid clashes with other beach cleans
  5. Update your risk assessment in accordance to our new safety guidelines
  6. Stay 2m apart from people other than your household
  7. Use gloves, litter pickers (if you have them) and wash your hands

To help we have updated all our resources including the health and safety guidelines and Q&A. Please do have a look at these and review the government advice before you start.

If you’ve never run a beach clean or litter survey before we’re happy to help you get started. Please give our team a call on 01989 567807 or email us at Beachwatch@mcsuk.org

The UK's biggest beach clean up and survey

Beachwatch is the Marine Conservation Society's national beach cleaning and litter survey programme where people all around the UK can care for their coastline.

Marine wildlife is under threat from litter in our seas, with hundreds of species accidentally eating or becoming entangled in, amoungst other things, plastic and fishing line. Litter strewn beaches damages tourism so we all have a part to play in turning the tide on litter. Join an event or organise your own and be part of the most influential fight against marine litter in the UK!

Great British Beach Clean 2019 results

The Great British Beach Clean 2019 saw 437 beach cleans and litter survey take place with over 10,800 volunteers getting involved to remove10,833 kg of litter from the UK’s beaches...That's almost 11 tonnes of litter in one weekend alone. Read the full story in our latest report!   See the results!