Belhaven Hill School Conservation Club (BHSCC) joined forces with Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) to tackle a major problem facing our coastline - litter.
Five intrepid members of the Conservation Club; William Rhodes, Will Pooley, Hamish Davidson, Archie Seymour and Pierre Celier, collected bags of litter at Pease Bay.
On arrival they were met by Dom and Alasdair from Surfers Against Sewage, who explained how the group had begun, and what it did.
SAS campaigns for better methods of treating waste and tighter laws to protect the environment, as well as tackling the problem of marine and coastal litter. Dom explained that plastic items that we throw away like bottles, bath toys, cotton buds etc can last for up to 1000 years before breaking down.
Once the issues had been highlighted, the pupils got to work to help solve the problems facing Pease Bay.
The group split into two teams; the “Auld Alliance” and “Team Extreme 2013”.
The competition was fierce and every piece of litter protruding above the sand was pounced upon with glee.
After an hour of litter picking both groups returned to base to sort through their finds.
Teacher Tom Rawson said: “We found some weird things; a fisherman’s Mepps spinning spoon, a car wheel, a lobster pot hoop, hundreds of cotton buds, fishing net, fishing line, rope, cloth, a t-shirt, drinks cans, bottles, bags, shotgun cartridges, cigarette butts - we were staggered by the variety and volume of litter.”