George Street - Oban Bay - Beachwatch event 16 Sep 2018

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

Great British Beach CleanPart of the annual Great British Beach Clean

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To join us on this beach clean, please first register as a volunteer. You will then be able to sign up to this event on this page to let us know that you will be coming.

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Great British Beach Clean (3rd weekend in Sep)
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Sunday, 16 September 2018 - 11:30am - 3:00pm
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We'll be working on both town shores in Oban Bay today so you’ll find us on either George Street from 11:30 (opposite WHSmiths / Chalmers) or later on the Esplanade (in front of the museum towards the Chocolate Shop and the Corran Halls).
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Come along and learn about the items arriving on shores in Oban Bay and other ways you can help to combat plastic pollution and turn the tide on marine litter!

Join us any time from 11:30 on George Street and later on the Esplanade—for the GBBC survey or just to help remove the items—two mins, ten, twenty or longer, whatever time you can spare. Why not pop down to see us after you’ve visited Motorfest in Station Square!

We'll be at Port Mor (Dunollie Castle beach) from 16:30 if you fancy an evening stroll and clean-up! You can always call to see where we are before coming down.

Please wear weather suitable clothing. Children and young people, please bring an adult.
All kit will be provided but if you have your own bucket and gloves please do bring them along.

Wherever possible items removed will be returned, repurposed or recycled through a beach plastics scheme (likely Terracycle).

For further information, please contact Janie on 07530 314 127

NB: Access to George St. beach is via the slip way, the Esplanade via steps and please note to get down to Port Mor it is necessary to climb a small wall and down a short ladder.

Beachwatch registration

Thank you for your interest in participating in Beachwatch. Please fill in the form below to register as a volunteer or organiser. You will then be sent an email confirming your registration with a link to validate the process.

If you need further information before registering please read our volunteer and organiser pages.

Beachwatch role
If you apply to be a Beachwatch Organiser we will contact you to confirm your application.
Beachwatch Organiser confirmation
  • I agree to read and follow the information relating to Health and Safety available in the organiser guide.
  • I agree to read and follow the information relating to Coronavirus Health and Safety
  • I agree to ensure a risk assessment is fully up to date in advance of Beachwatch events and any changes reflected online.
  • I will give a Health and Safety briefing to any volunteers before events start that reflects the updated risk assessment from that day.
  • I will record the details of any accident or incident of concern during the event and report this to MCS.
  • I agree to run this event as an independent organiser in support of the Marine Conservation Society. I will not use the event for any form of political promotion in line with charity commission rules.
  • I understand that anyone under 16 years of age can only attend a beach clean with their legally responsible adult (e.g. parent, guardian, school teacher or guide leader). I, or any others attending the beach clean cannot supervise someone who is under 16 if we are not their legally responsible adult.
  • I understand that if no surveys have been submitted within two years my beach will become available for others.
  • If these terms and conditions are not adhered to then MCS has the right to remove the individual as an organiser of any future events.
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