Volunteers are sought to help with beach clean

SURFERS Against Sewage (SAS) is calling for community volunteers to get involved with the Autumn Beach Clean Series at some of Berwickshire’s most treasured surf spots and beaches.

Environmental charity SAS is delighted to be working with The Crown Estate to deliver an ambitious nationwide series of community beach clean events this autumn.

As well as cleaning up litter from the beaches there will also be a fun education event - a fun and proactive way of mobilising coastal communities, surfers, water sports enthusiasts and environmentalists to tackle the dramatically escalating problem of marine litter impacting beaches and surf spots. They are also a very effective platform to help individuals understand how they can best help protect our precious beaches and coastlines on a day-to-day basis.

The Autumn Beach Clean Series is heading to Coldingham Bay and Pease Bay on Saturday, October 20. Events will run from 11am-1pm unless otherwise stated. To register for an event please email dom@sas.org.uk or call 01872 555953.

Hugo Tagholm, executive director of SAS said: “After the success of the Beach Clean Series in 2011, we are delighted to be working with The Crown Estate once again on the Autumn Beach Clean Series. Their support is helping us reach out to coastal communities across the UK to encourage people to get involved with protecting our precious beaches and marine environments from marine litter.”

The Crown Estate combines its commercial imperative with an equally firm commitment to integrity and stewardship, part of which involves facilitating the development of marine renewables on their marine estate, providing funds for scientific research and backing community projects that promote responsible management of the marine estate. 

The marine litter crisis has seen an alarming 100% increase in the amount of man-made items washing upon our coastline over the last 20 years. The majority of marine litter consists of plastic items such as drinks bottles, carrier bags, fishing line and sewage-related debris. Plastics can take hundreds of years to degrade in the marine environment, causing significant harm to marine life, ecosystems and compromising the enjoyment and experiences of coastal visitors everywhere. SAS believes that with almost 40% of litter found along our coastlines coming directly from public sources, the power to reduce the tide of trash is very much in our own hands.

SAS rapidly expanding programme of beach clean events help remove marine litter directly from the environment, raise public awareness, and complement longer term initiatives that aim to tackle marine litter at source including Return To Offender, Break the Bag Habit, Think Before You Flush and No Butts on the Beach.