Volunteers at Great British Beach Clean on Hove Beach Brighton Billy Barraclough

Zoe Lyons speaks out about beach litter

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Comedian Zoe Lyons, speaks to our Ocean Ambassador Fernando Montano in the latest episode of our podcast, Oceancast.

As lockdown restrictions continue to be lifted across England, comedian and Brighton resident, Zoe Lyons told us that she’s baffled by how people can leave the city’s beaches in a worse state than they found them. Zoe says people are really proud of Brighton and want to take care of it, but sadly the city’s huge appeal to visitors means its beaches are also a magnet for litter.

“People flock down here, enjoy the beach and the sea but so often you see them just leaving rings of rubbish where they’ve been sitting having a picnic – it breaks my heart. I’ve never understood what people think they’re doing – it takes no time at all to take your litter home.”

Zoe also talks on the podcast about her love of the sea and her passion for wild swimming and scuba diving. The presenter of the BBC daytime entertainment show Lightning says she’s a ‘tough old bird’ when to comes to sea swimming, matching a bobble hat with her bikini: “The bobble hat does keep you a bit warmer in the winter. We’ve been going in since November and when it was snowing it was pretty chilly. I don’t wear a wet suit, I’m tough!”

People flock down here, enjoy the beach and the sea but so often you see them just leaving rings of rubbish where they’ve been sitting having a picnic – it breaks my heart.

Zoe Lyons, comedian

Our year-round Beachwatch programme and annual Great British Beach Clean are both great opportunities to clear up the UK’s beaches and get a sense of what’s polluting outdoor spaces. Zoe will be helping to launch the Great British Beach Clean later this spring.

Litter on a beach AfriramPOE

Credit: AfriramPOE via Shutterstock

Also on the podcast…

Ocean Ambassador and host, Fernando, speaks with the winner of our first Young Ocean Optimist of the Year Award.

Axminster-based Georgie Bull talks about her love of seagrass and the benefits it brings not just to the ocean, but to humans too.

Georgis says: “Obviously as a diver I see it as a fantastic dive site but it also has a broad range of roles in providing ecosystem services. By that I mean things that provide value for humans. It acts as a nursery for lots of different commercial fish species and it helps as a barrier for flooding. So there’s lots of materialistic ways in which seagrass is fantastic. But it’s also beautiful and hosts amazing marine life like seahorses, gastropods and snails.”

Spiny Seahorse in Seagrass

Credit: Georgie Bull

Georgie received her award at the end of 2020, not long after winning the British and Irish Underwater Photography Championships with a stunning seagrass image. She’s currently studying marine biology and coastal ecology at Plymouth University.

Georgie appears on Oceancast alongside Zoe Lyons and underwater camera operator and filmmaker, Inka Cresswell. It’s available to download at anchor.fm/mcsoceancast or from your usual podcast provider.

Oceancast is sponsored by SF Stefan Civil Engineering and Utility Contractors Ltd.

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