Beach clean for Montrose Beach and Lunan Bay

Get involved and help clean Montrose Beach and Lunan Bay on Saturday, March 28

Get involved and help clean Montrose Beach and Lunan Bay on Saturday, March 28

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We have some of the most beautiful beaches in Scotland in Angus but unfortunately they are often marred by litter and debris.

We have some of the most beautiful beaches in Scotland in Angus but unfortunately they are often marred by litter and debris.

But Montrose Beach and Lunan Bay will be getting a Spring clean later this month.

On Saturday, March 28 there will be clean-ups at both beaches and the community is being asked to get involved and volunteer.

There will be a beach volunteer at the car park at Lunan Bay and at the promenade at Montrose from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to guide people on the day.

Mari McCrossan said: “I moved to Angus in the summer and I’m at local beaches every weekend, either in the water or walking my dog, so it’s good to give something back.

“I’m aware that locals do an unofficial beach clean, for example, local surfer Dave Brennan and his family at Montrose Beach, and others. But there’s nothing official.

“Beach clean events are a fantastic way of uniting and inspiring coastal communities to protect the beaches and coastal spaces most important to them. I hope that this will become a biannual Spring/Autumn event for the local community.”

She added: “Big Spring Beach cleans are being organised across the UK at more than 150 beaches on the weekend, involving over 5,000 beach clean volunteers.

“This is organised by Surfers Against Sewage (SAS), which is an environmental charity protecting the UK’s oceans, waves and beaches for all to enjoy safely and sustainably, via community action, campaigning, volunteering, conservation, education and scientific research.

“Angus Council is kindly supporting the event by providing litter pickers, hoops, bin bags and gloves on the day, but if volunteers can bring their own gloves/bags, that would be really helpful, just in case there’s not enough to go round.”

There is a Facebook event page called ‘SAS Big Spring Beach Clean Lunan Bay and Montrose’ for more information but volunteers can turn up on the day.

Volunteers can download the Marine LitterWatch app from iOS or Android and use this during the beach clean to identify the type of litter they find. The data is fed back to the European Environment Agency and will help scientists better understand the sources of marine litter.

It is estimated that eight million individual litter items enter the marine environment every day.