Volunteer at the Great British Beach Clean 2020 Tara Proud

Beach cleans

If you're as horrified as we are by the amount of litter on our beaches, why not become a Beachwatch volunteer and join one of our beach clean surveys?

Marine wildlife is under threat from litter in our seas, with hundreds of species accidentally eating or becoming entangled in items like plastic and fishing line.

As well as keeping our beaches beautiful our beach watch volunteers go one step further. At each clean we carry out a litter survey recording all of the items found 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 the common items we find on our beaches back to source, and then enables us to campaign for change.

Go with friends and family or meet your community to spend a day in the fresh air and make a difference. You can literally see the impact you are having.

If you need to get in touch with our beachwatch team you can email them [email protected] or call them on 01989 567807. We're here to help from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Plastic litter in the sea Rich Carey

Find a beach clean

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

Great British Beach Clean at Eastney beach Portsmouth Billy Barraclough

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.

Volunteers at Great British Beach Clean on Budleigh Beach GBBC 2017 Andrew Brown

The 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.


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.

street litter

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.

Beach Cleaning Form at Great British Beach Clean GBBC 2017 Andrew Brown

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.

PPE masks collected during beach clean Matt Barnes

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.

Volunteers at Great British Beach Clean on Budleigh Beach Andrew Brown

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?

Tropical Reef

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.

Ashbrooke House School students partaking in Cool Seas Clean Up Ali Naulls

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