New Year - New You?
Feeling like a beached whale after Christmas? Clear away those winter blues with a beach clean at Langland!
If there’s one New Year’s Resolution worth sticking to, it’s one that helps you blow away the Christmas cobwebs whilst improving the environment on your favourite beach at the same time! With seasonal storms never very far away, Langland Bay on the Gower is likely to be the resting place for plenty of winter litter - either blown onto the beach from inland dropped by visitors or washed up on the tides.
The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is hoping people who regularly visit Langland will pop down in the New Year and give the beach an early spring clean.
With no obligation on beach owners to clean the coastline between May and September there’s plenty of time for litter to pile up making beaches like Langland look a bit jaded. “The winter beach clean at Langland is vital says MCS Head of Conservation Wales Gill Bell. “Langland isn’t cleaned by the council in the winter months so it’s really important for people who like to spend time at the beach to help keep it litter free ” - and a community beach clean like this one on Sunday 8th of January is the ideal opportunity!”
There’ll be plenty of litter to find with plastic the most common type. It appears on the beach in small pieces like bits of bottles lids and tops. This year MCS says it hopes to find fewer plastic carrier bags following the introduction of the 5p charge in 2011 but expects to find plenty of wet wipes which have been found in increasing numbers on all UK beaches.
The charity has been running the “Wet Wipes Turn Nasty”” campaign to encourage people to dispose of wet wipes in the bin not down the loo.
The Langland winter beach clean is on Sunday January 8th at 11 am. Meet at the Car Park Langland Gower - From Swansea head towards Mumbles then follow signs to Langland.
Please meet at the Car Park by 11 am and bring along sensible clothing and footwear. Children are 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: http://www.mcsuk.org/beachwatch
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