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. Only clean a beach that is local to you (within 5 miles) – we don’t want to encourage anyone to travel
  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


So you've followed all the steps and you're ready for your first Beachwatch beach clean and litter survey. 

Here's what you'll need to take to the beach:

Beach Clean Equipment

1. Your risk assessment for the beach - you can copy into this document to refer back to.

2. Volunteer survey forms - so all the litter can be recorded.

3. A survey summary form - for you to collate all your volunteer forms, and make sure you've captured the main bits of information (how many volunteers attended, how many bin bags did you fill etc)

4. Bin bags!

5. Beach cleaning equipment. You may be able to borrow litter pickers and heavy duty gloves from the local council. They may even have bags hoops to stop your bin bags blowing away. The Helping Hands Company sell equipment - visit our shop for this here.

6. Clipboards to lean on when recording the litter.

7. If you can, bring a first aid kit, a sharps box - a tupperware conatiner will do (for syringes and needles) and a bucket for glass and non-medical sharps. 

Turn up a good half hour early so you're there for your keenest volunteers and, when everyone's arrived, start the briefing