Documents and downloads



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.


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 provide 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.
  • Photo consent: If you are taking any photo's of participants at your clean, please ensure they are happy and have provided consent for their photo to be taken and also be honest in how the photo may be used. To be safe, we recommend you check out our consent form, which will help you evidence consent captured. After your clean please email your form to 
  • Public Liability Insurance - The landowner may need to see this before granting permission. It is also best to have a copy of this with you whilst you are at 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 or call 01989 566017.