Planning your Beachwatch clean up and litter survey



The Covid-19 (coronavirus) infection has been declared a public health emergency of international concern by the World Health Organisation.
The health and wellbeing of our volunteers and supporters is our utmost priority and as such we have taken the decision to advise that all  beach clean events should be cancelled pending further notice.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will contact organisers and volunteers by email as well as update the guidance on our website as the situation develops.


1. Find a beach and register to run an event there

2. Check the tide times. Plan an event for 2 hours or more after high tide, and not on an incoming tide. Use the tides to pick a date and time for your event.

3. Contact the beach owner (often the local council, and if not they can usually help) to get permission to hold your beach clean and survey on their land.

4. While you're on the phone, find out who's responsible for collecting rubbish from the beach, and talk to them about where to leave all the extra rubbish you'll have collected. You can also ask if they have any equipment (litter pickers) you can borrow. The Helping Hands Company sell beach cleaning equipment. Find out what's available here.

5. Do a risk assessment. Go to your beach page online and click 'Add a Risk Assessment'. You can't do anything else until this is completed. Visit the beach again shortly before the event to make sure it's all up to date.

6. Add your event to the Beachwatch website, print off posters - you can even do local press releases! More information here.

7. Volunteers sign up through our Beachwatch website. Log in and email them about a week before your event and remind them what to bring (suitable clothing & shoes, water, food, suncream, thick / gardening gloves) and where to meet you.

8. You're ready for the big day! Click here for a checklist of what to bring, and an idea of what to do on the day.

9. There are just a few simple steps involved in organising a beach clean and survey. We recommend downloading our organiser guide: you'll find it really useful for referring back to.