Documents and downloads

 

Documents and downloads

Here are the survey forms and all the other things you might need for your event:

Planning a beach clean

Beachwatch Organiser Guide

  • Beachwatch Organiser guide: Everything you need to know about organising Beachwatch beach cleans. Don't forget to check out the video below too! 
  • Beachwatch Volunteer guide: Everything you need to know about volunteering at a Beachwatch beach clean - you can email this to your volunteers before the big day.
  • Beach Cleaning Equipment: The fantastic Helping Hands company have offered all of you organisers a discount on a whole host of beach cleaning equipment - Click here to buy equipment. 
  • Teach on the Beach: if you're a school or bringing a group of children to your beach clean, this booklet is full of activities and a simpler version of the survey form for the little ones. Just click on the Teacher Zone and go to Teach It to see the booklet. 

Advertising your event

  • Editable poster for the Great British / Channel Islands / Northern Ireland Beach Clean: fill in the blanks to advertise your September event. (Please right-click on link and save before editing in Adobe Reader or Acrobat).

GNIBC Editable Poster > Great British Beach Clean

> Great Channel Islands Beach Clean

Great Northern Irish Beach Clean

 

 
  • General poster for the Great British / Channel Islands / Northern Ireland Beach Clean: to advertise our flagship event in September.

GBBC Poster

> Great British Beach Clean

> Great Channel Islands Beach Clean

Great Northern Irish Beach Clean

 

Things you'll need on the beach

FAQs on the new 2016 recording forms

Survey form for volunteers

  • Beachwatch Parental Consent form: this needs to be completed for anyone who's under 16 - they must be accompanied by a responsible adult as our insurance doesn't cover them. 
  • Beachwatch Volunteer Survey form: this is the main thing you need - the form that your volunteers will use to record all the litter they find.
  • Survey Summary Form: At the end of the beach clean, you can use this form to summarise all of the tallies and make sure you've captured the key info (e.g. number of bin bags filled). Then, when you get back home, enter it online. 
  • A copy of your risk assessment that you added to the website - you can paste it into this blank PDF to print and refer to when you're on the beach.
  • Plastic is continuing to dominate the litter on our beaches. If you want to do something about this, you can join thousands of people saying ‘no’ to single use plastics each June by taking on the Plastic Challenge and raising funds to help MCS combat beach litter.

ID guides

  • Litter Sources Reference sheet: it can be interesting to have a look through what you found and see where it all came from. This sheet will help you.
  • OSPAR ID guide: A guide to include some of the new items on the recording forms.
  • Beach Litter ID guide: Useful if there are a few items you have trouble ideintifying - e.g. is it string or fishing net? If it's green, it's probably fishing net!
  • Shark Eggcase ID guide: Everyone loves finding mermaid's purses and this guide from the Shark Trust will tell you which species laid the eggs. Just remember to leave these on the beach. 

How to use the Beachwatch website

Beachwatch Training video

Password = training

Don't forget, we're here during office hours (9-5) if you need us. Email beachwatch@mcsuk.org or call 01989 566017.