Beach cleans

Beachwatch is our national beach cleaning and litter surveying programme - helping people all around the UK to care for their coastline.

Some of our best-loved marine wildlife is under threat from the waste and litter in our seas, with hundreds of species accidentally eating or becoming entangled in litter. It’s also dangerous for people and damaging to our tourism and fishing industries. We all have a part to play in turning the tide on litter. Join an event or organise your own and be part of the most influential fight against marine litter in the UK!

More than ‘just’ a beach clean

How do we stop litter from reaching our beaches?

Well, we can talk to water companies when we see lots of Sewage Related Debris being recorded. We can prove to decision makers and leaders that our seas are in trouble by showing them over 20 years of litter data. We can talk to companies whose logos keep showing up on beach litter and we can work with manufacturers to find solutions.

But we can’t do any of this if we don’t have the data to back it up.

Actions you can take

  1. Organise a beach clean
  2. Visit the beachwatch website
  3. Join a beach clean
  4. Download the Great British Beach Clean Report 2017

Did you know?…

Around 40% of UK beach litter can be directly sourced to the public

Litter has increased by 135% since 1994, with plastics increasing by a staggering 180%

MCS launched its Beachwatch programme in 1994

Why not join a beach clean ... or organise one?

To date, our beach clean volunteers have removed 6 million pieces of litter from our beaches and collected marine litter data to support our campaigns for cleaner seas and beaches.

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