The last challenge of Mourne Heritage Trust Youth Ranger scheme 2013 was to get involved with a local beach clean. Harbour Beach, Kilkeel was the chosen location. With litter on our beaches becoming more of an issue it is important to keep our beached clean in order to protect our marine wildlife. Many species accidentally eat or become entangled on the litter and waste in our seas. Litter is also unsightly and can be hazardous to people too. On arrival the Youth Rangers meet a beach covered in litter including plastic bottles, glass, gloves and tyres. Setting off with a litter picker and a bag, the Youth Rangers challenge commenced. Twenty three bags later the beach was looking ten times better with passing locals commenting on our hard work and thanking us for our efforts.
Following Lunch the Youth Rangers explored the rock pools of Annalong with expert Peter explaining significant biodiversity in the pools.
Returning to Silent Valley where they were all presented with their John Muir Discovery Award. Congratulations to everyone on their achievement.