Help give Langland a litter free start to summer

Date posted: 13 June 2018

Marine Conservation Society hopes volunteer cleaners will come and give Gower beach a spruce-up after a busy spring

After one of the sunniest and warmest May’s on record in the UK this year, beaches across the Gower have seen a busy spring.

With the top temperature in Wales on May Bank Holiday peaking at 25.7°C in Usk, making it hotter than Majorca and Crete, the Med-like weather led to an exodus to the coast resulting in many beaches in the country being left covered in litter as bins overflowed.

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is organising a beach clean and litter survey of Langland on the Gower, to remove litter and make sure it’s a pleasure to visit for walkers and visitors as the weather (hopefully) remains set fair for the summer months.

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 beach clean projects are supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

MCS volunteers last cleaned Langland in April when around 40 people picked up and recorded litter over two consecutive weekends, collecting 25 kilos of rubbish. The haul included over 50 pieces of burnt wood from fires, plus 30 nails in the fires from burning pallets.

Gill Bell, MCS Head of Conservation, Wales, says: “It’s great to see people out and enjoying Wales’s fabulous coastline during the recent beautiful weather we’ve been having. But our finds on Langland are a salutary lesson in what not to do and leave behind. Having a beach barby is great fun but the burnt wood and the nails are dangerous to both wildlife and human visitors.

‘If you do use the disposable BBQs, please get rid of them in the customised bins provided, once they have thoroughly cooled.”

Once again, as with so many beaches, MCS volunteers on Langland found lots of single use ‘on the go’ litter like plastic cups, lids and stirrers, with the highest quantities of litter being tiny plastic pieces.

MCS will be carrying out this year’s summer litter survey and beach clean on Sunday 24th June, starting at 11am, 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 click here or call 01989 566017.

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Actions you can take

  1. Visit the beachwatch website
  2. Download the Great British Beach Clean Report 2017
  3. Join a beach clean
  4. Organise a beach clean
  5. Discover more about MCS in Wales

Did you know?…

It is not unusual for turtle to frequent Welsh shores feeding on jellyfish

Over 60% of the population of Wales either live or work on the coast.

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

Contact our press team

Press line 01989 561580
Email info@mcsuk.org

Richard Harrington,
Head of Communications

Clare Fischer,
PR Manager

Jack Versiani Holt,
Communications Team Support Officer

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