Belhaven pupils help turn the tide on marine litter

Belhaven Hill School's beach clean
Belhaven Hill School's beach clean

Beer cans, crisp packets and even a wrought iron candelabra were some of the items collected on a beach by school pupils at Dunbar.

Twenty-five children from Belhaven Hill School cleared marine litter from a section of Belhaven Bay.

In total, the group managed to collect around 20kg of rubbish from part of the beach near where the “Bridge to Nowhere” crosses the Biel Water.

Tom Rawson, a maths teacher and head of conservation said: “Plastic items can last for hundreds of years. Although we have cleared rubbish from a tiny stretch of coastline we know that the litter collected will not wash up on any other beaches again.

“We all enjoy the beach and therefore have a responsibility to look after our coastline.”

The initiative formed part of Surfers Against Sewage’s Summer beach clean series. Previous litter picks have seen the group clear rubbish from stretches of Dunbar’s East Beach, Pease Bay, Belhaven Beach and the Tyne Estuary.

Dom Ferris, Surfers Against Sewage’s Beach Clean Series project manager, explained: “Schools like Belhaven Hill play a unique part in the Dunbar community.

“The fact that 25 youngsters came down to the beach brimming with enthusiasm, knowledge and a willingness to roll up their sleeves and help our battle against the marine litter crisis sends out such a fantastic message.”