Give Langland a litter free start to Spring

Date posted: 5 April 2018

Public urged to help clean up jewel in Gower’s crown ahead of Summer visitors

After a battering from winter seas and winds, Langland Bay on the Gower needs help to get rid of the beach litter that has washed up or blown onto the shore in recent months.

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is organising a beach clean and litter survey to help de-clutter the beach and make sure it’s a pleasure to visit for walkers and visitors as the weather (hopefully) becomes a bit more settled.

MCS staff and members of the public clean up Langland four times a year as part of the Society’s ongoing Beachwatch project. It’s the charity’s ‘adopted’ beach in Wales and has been regularly cleaned for over 20 years. MCS’s beachclean projects are supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

MCS volunteers last cleaned Langland in January, when fishing litter was among the most common types of rubbish found along with caps and lids, cotton bud sticks and lots of ‘on the go’ litter like crisp packets and drinks bottles.

Last September, MCS volunteers found that food and drinks litter accounted for up to 20% of all rubbish found on UK beaches during the charity’s annual Great British Beach Clean and there was an 11% increase in litter across all Welsh beaches cleaned compared to 2016.

“The spring beach clean at Langland is vital,” says MCS Head of Conservation Wales, Gill Bell. “There’s no obligation for beach managers to clean up between the end of September and beginning of May, so it’s really important for people who spend time at the beach to help keep it litter free by attending events like this”.

“As the weather begins to improve and more people visit the beach, we expect to find increasing amounts of ‘on the go’ litter from eating and drinking out of doors.

“Scotland and England have announced the introduction of deposit return schemes to help curb the amount of beverage containers we find on our beaches and in the ocean. We’d urge the Welsh Assembly to do the same. Our beaches need all the help they can get to keep them clean and litter-free.”

The last beach clean and litter survey at Langland in January found five litter items for every metre cleaned. 83% was plastic, 30% was litter from the public and 15% was fishing litter.

MCS will be carrying out this year’s spring litter survey and beach clean on Sunday 15th of April, starting at 11 am, at Langland Beach, Gower, meeting in the car park behind the beach huts by the tennis courts.

Please bring along sensible clothing and footwear. Children are most welcome but must be supervised by a parent or guardian. Gloves and equipment will be provided. The beach clean will take about one hour.

Further information and to register here or call 01989 566017.

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Actions you can take

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

Did you know?…

Since the carrier bag charge came in across the UK, the Great British Beach Clean has recorded 40% fewer bags on beaches

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

MCS launched its Beachwatch programme in 1994

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