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Friends at the Beach

BEACH WATCH BEACH CLEANS

 

Beachwatch is the beach cleaning initiative run by the Marine Conservation Society. Beachwatch is carried out all year round and volunteers not only collect the litter off beaches but also carry out a litter survey. This is incredibly useful and contributes information to a 27 year litter data set which increases positive change and tackles various types of litter polluting our beaches. This session will include the beach clean, how to carry out the beach litter survey and details of uploading the litter data with the option of becoming a Beachwatch Organiser and adopting your very own stretch of beach. Would you like to be a litter cleaning hero and help in your local area? 

Saturday 15th May at Cuckmere Haven

 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

This beach clean event is made even more special by its location, taking place by the mouth of the beautiful Cuckmere River, in the protected Beachy Head West Marine Conservation Zone, home to globally rare and fragile marine chalk reefs and vulnerable short-snouted seahorses.

Saturday 22nd May at Holywell

 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

This Beachwatch beach clean event is made even more special by its location, taking place at Holywell beach, in the recently designated Beachy Head East Marine Conservation Zone, home to globally rare undersea chalk reefs and vulnerable short-snouted seahorses.

 

The Marine Conservation Society is the UK’s leading marine charity. We work to ensure our seas are healthy, pollution free and protected.

Our seas are under immense pressure: too many fish are being taken out, too much rubbish is being thrown in and too little is being done to protect our precious wildlife. Our vision is for seas full of life where nature flourishes and people thrive.

The Marine Conservation Society’s work covers 3 main areas -  Clean Seas, Ocean Recovery and Fisheries and Aquaculture. Within this and as part of our public engagement and community efforts we have a fantastic volunteer team and carry out work including citizen science surveys such as Beachwatch beach cleans and litter surveys and the Big Seaweed Search, campaigning for a healthier ocean and highlighting the importance of our Marine Protected Areas.

Wild Coast Sussex is a partnership project led by Sussex Wildlife Trust, with Marine Conservation Society, Sussex Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority and Brighton Sealife and funded by the National Heritage Lottery Fund, thanks to money raised by National Lottery players. Over the next three years, Wild Coast Sussex aims to inspire and connect people living in coastal Sussex to their local sea and encourage people to act in more ocean-friendly ways. 

Booking is essential. We will be running two groups will contain no more than 6 people. Government guidelines and covid rules will be followed regarding groups of 6. Contact kate.whitton@mcsuk.org or Kate on 07772 218447 to reserve your place. Confirmation of your booking and further details will follow. You will be contacted by your Event Organiser solely regarding the Spring Water Festival event unless you specify otherwise.

All equipment will be provided and will be isolated and sanitised beforehand. NB - please bring your own gloves if you book on the beach cleaning activity. Hand sanitiser will be available on the day.

The River Cuckmere is accessible by car or bus. Parking is available at the Seven Sisters car park or Friston car park. Both signposted from the A259. Our activity location is at the beach, which has very limited facilities and will require a 30min walk to the site meet both before and after the activity, plus a beach walk to do the beach clean. This activity is subject to weather and Covid-19 regulations.

These beach cleans are taking place as part of our Wild Coast Sussex programme. Wild Coast Sussex is a partnership project led by Sussex Wildlife Trust, with Marine Conservation Society, Sussex Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority and Brighton Sealife and funded by the National Heritage Lottery Fund, thanks to money raised by National Lottery players. Over the next three years, Wild Coast Sussex aims to inspire and connect people living in coastal Sussex to their local sea and encourage people to act in more ocean-friendly ways. #WildCoastSussex

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