Bournemouth beach has become one of the nation’s favourite destinations along the South Coast, but with beach litter statistics rising across the UK, I headed down to the seafront to discover whether our beach is as clean as we think it is.
After searching for no longer than twenty minutes, it was evident we need to take a little more care of what we’re leaving on our sands- even in the winter.
I found more than 20 pieces of litter along the coastline in this short time, with items ranging from chocolate bar wrappers to balloons to cigarette butts.
Dorset statistics on the rise
For 25 years, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) have held beach cleans across the UK with the support of volunteers.
The MCS’s Great British Clean results showed that at least 30.4% of the litter collected in their 2017 beach cleans was from the public, with Dorset seeing a 17% rise in ‘on the go’ litter in the past year.
Recently, local surfer Sam Almond has delivered a petition to Bournemouth Council in an attempt to reduce these figures, and has received a “very positive” response, said Sam.
Friars Cliff beach in Christchurch is set to hold one of the Marine Conservation Society’s first clean ups of 2018 on 14 January.
Want to help? Here are a few things you can do:
- Visit https://www.mcsuk.org/beachwatch/events to volunteer at a local beach clean
- Be mindful- refuse plastic straws or bring your own refillable cup at cafés
- Sign the petition: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/bournemouth-council-ban-the-plastic-straw-and-single-use-plastic-cups