Volunteers needed for Fisherrow Sands beach clean!

Visiting eXXpedition crew and Wild About Scotland bus will be calling in to look for litter on the East Lothian beach.

Fisherrow Sands, near Musselburgh, will be the centre of marine attention this Friday (25th August) with a beach clean and litter survey to coincide with the arrival of the Sea Dragon, the vessel being sailed around the UK by all-women crew on the lookout for marine plastics.

The beach clean and survey is being organised by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) who are supporting the work of the ‘eXXpedition’ crew who have been studying the issue of marine plastics during a voyage around the UK coastline.

RZSS Wild About Scotland team who will also be in attendance with their double decker bus classroom. People can come along and meet the crew to find out what they’ve discovered so far on their journey, take part in the MCS beach survey and hear about the difference this work has on our native wildlife from the RZSS Wild About Scotland team.

MCS Scotland Conservation Officer Catherine Gemmell said: “It’ll be amazing to hear about the adventures the crew of the Sea Dragon have had so far on their voyage and we are delighted they have chosen to take part in a MCS beach clean during their stay around Edinburgh. We’ve so many amazing volunteers in the area, it would be great to see them and new faces at this event to show that we can all be doing something to fight back against marine litter.”

The event takes place on Friday the 25th of August, starting at 9am, and it promises to be a fun and informative social occasion.

To sign up head to the MCS website - www.mcsuk.org/beachwatch or call Catherine on 01316 334 000.

“Beach clean ups form an important element of our Round Britain mission says eXXpedition Co-founder Dr Lucy Gilliam. “Not only does cleaning beach litter prevent it from entering the ocean where it can be a hazard to marine life and break into small microplastics but beach clean ups also serve to bring our community together and enables people to become more aware of their lifestyle choices.”

MCS surveys have recorded a steady increase in the amount of beach litter since 1994. The four main sources of litter found on UK beaches come from the public fishing sanitary waste (particularly wet wipes and cotton bud sticks) and shipping.

Ruth Fraser Senior Education Officer at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland said: “The Wild about Scotland team are very excited to be part of the beach clean event taking place at Fisherrow. Wild about Scotland an outreach programme run by RZSS and supported by Clydesdale Bank aims to connect communities with Scotland’s amazing biodiversity. During the event visitors will be able to hop on board our double-decker bus to find out about native Scottish species and their conservation. It is fantastic to be part of an event where people can get involved in an activity which helps to protect wildlife and raises awareness of the issues surrounding marine pollution.”

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