Marine Conservation Society hosted a Nationwide Beach cleaning programme ‘Big Beachwatch weekend’. This event happens annually where volunteer’s all around the UK record the items removed from the beach over a 100m stretch. Mourne Heritage Trust and our volunteers undertook a survey on Newcastle’s South Promenade Beach on Saturday 21st September. Items that appeared too often included; cigarette ends, cotton buds, plastic cutlery and food cartons. Some of this rubbish is washed ashore but the majority seems to be dropped by passers-by. Beach cleaning is important as some of our best-loved marine wildlife is under threat from the waste and litter in our seas with hundreds of species accidentally eating or becoming entangled in litter. After completing the 100m survey section we continued to clean the beach down as far as Downs Road.
Thanks to all who turned out!