Coldingham Primary School children, staff and volunteers recently cleaned 7.6kg of rubbish from Coldingham Sands as part of the Marine Conservation Society’s Beachwatch project.
Beachwatch is part of a global initiative to survey coastlines around the world. Led by Mrs Tharme, the children collected and recorded the rubbish along a 100m stretch of the beach. The data will help the Marine Conservation Society identify the sources of litter at the site and keep the issues of marine litter high on the local agenda.
The beach litter survey recorded a total of 356 items, with the top five items found on the day
identified as sweet wrappers, small polystyrene pieces, cigarette stubs, small plastic pieces and foil wrappers.
Mrs Tharme said: “Keeping our beaches clean helps to keep wildlife and humans safe from dangerous litter. We have been learning about the diversity of life on Earth and we want to ensure our special marine life stay safe. At Coldingham Sands the main sources of litter were sweet wrappers which would cause serious harm to wildlife, if ingested.”