Volunteers step up to help clean Lizard beaches
11:00am Saturday 8th September 2012 in Helston
Next week sees the return of the Beachwatch Big Weekend when volunteers will be cleaning shorelines around the UK, including on the Lizard Peninsula.
Taking place on the third weekend of September each year, this is a once-a-year beach clean and survey of litter by the Marine Conservation Society. To help towards this, three cleans are taking place in the Lizard area on Saturday, September 15.
At 10am the first of two clean ups in Gunwalloe will take place at Fishing Cove with Kennack Diving. There is a small car park just above the beach, from where people can walk down the ramp to the shore. For more information email email@example.com or call David Roberts on 07816 903260.
Then at 11am, at the Halzephron beach access point in the village, a second clean up will take place. Contact Rachael Vine through firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01326 221361. Finally, at 1.30pm, beach cleaners can head down to Kennack Sands on the Lizard National Nature Reserve.
The east beach will be cleaned, with refreshments and cake for all volunteers. People should meet on the slip to the entrance of the west beach and all ages are welcome. The clean should take two hours.
Anyone wanting to take part can contact Claire Scott, community outreach advisor for Natural England, on 01326 240808 or e-mail Claire.Scott@naturalengland.org.uk.
A beach clean is also taking place on the same day at Hendra, east Praa Sands, at 9am. Volunteers should meet at the wartime bunker on the beach. Contact Steven Houghton via email@example.com or call 07791 487383.
The Beachwatch Big Weekend is now in its 19th year. The beach clean and survey provides vital data that is used in the society’s annual summary report, which documents the impacts of marine litter on some of the country’s best loved wildlife. Creatures can become entangled in the litter or eat it, which the society said had a “hugely detrimental effect” on the marine environment, with litter also being hazardous to humans.
Visit www.mcsuk.org for more details.