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Beach cleans

If you want to help keep Britain's beaches beautiful and our ocean safe for wildlife, why not become a Beachwatch volunteer and join one of our beach clean surveys?

As well as cleaning up our coastline, Beachwatch volunteers note down all the items they find in a 100m stretch of beach. Every lolly stick, lost toy or piece of plastic; we record it. This data is hugely important as it helps us track litter back to source, and enables us to campaign for change.

To find out more, contact [email protected] or call 01989 567807.

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Find a beach clean

Every year thousands of people run beach cleans all over the country. Take a look and find one near you.

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Organise a beach clean

Organising a beach clean and survey is easy. Log on - or create a volunteer account - and then follow the simple steps.

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Great British Beach Clean events

Thousands of people have taken part in our Great British Beach Clean over nearly three decades, browse this year's events and join in.

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The Great British Beach Clean

Every September thousands of people take to the beach all over the UK to take part in the Great British Beach Clean.

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Source to Sea Litter Quest

Take part in Source to Sea Litter Quest as part of the Great British Beach Clean this September, there’s something for everyone, everywhere. No matter where you live across the UK, you can help keep our seas clean.

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The importance of data

Our beach cleans are a little bit different. We clean AND survey the litter found at the beach. The data YOU help to collect makes real positive changes to our marine environment.

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Volunteer safety and Covid-19

Your safety is of utmost importance to us. Please ensure you have read and understood our safety guidance before starting a beach clean and litter survey.

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Team beach cleans

If you’re looking for a team building or volunteering day for your company why not join our experts on the beach for a day of fun, doing something worthwhile for the environment?

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Useful guides and resources

Here you'll find a useful library of guides and resources to help you join us in our vital work to restore the health of our oceans.

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Schools and groups

Beach cleaning empowers children to do their bit for nature. By learning how their actions impact on our oceans we hope the next generation will be inspired to take up the fight against marine litter.

Find out about other ways to get involved in our work

What you can do