Volunteers needed for beach clean ups

St Cyrus Beach
St Cyrus Beach

Scotland needs more cleaners - not for polishing and vacuuming, but for giving the county’s beaches a thorough tidy up!

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) says a lack of local volunteers for its ‘Great British Beach Clean’ (September 18 to 21) around the Scottish coastline could mean the county’s beaches are being taken for granted and may result in tourists turning their backs on some of the most beautiful coastline in the UK.

The MCS beach clean event takes place every third weekend in September as part of the charity’s year round Beachwatch programme.

Locally, they will be taking place at St Cyrus Sands and Johnshaven.

Volunteers who get involved will be joining an army of beach cleaners not just around the UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man, but all over the world as part of the global International Coastal Clean-up, which takes a snap shot of beach litter across the planet on a single weekend.

This year only a handful of volunteers have so far registered to clean up some of Scotland’s beaches.

Charlotte Coombes, MCS beachwatch officer, said the lack of sign–ups along a coastline with so many beautiful beaches is “a real shame”.

She said: “All of our Great British Beach Clean events are organised by volunteers, and they need your help. We want to match last year’s figures and see at least 663 volunteers taking part.

“It raises awareness of just how much of a problem marine litter is, and everyone goes home with a better understanding of how they can help. Plastics can last for hundreds of years in the sea, harming wildlife and threatening livelihoods.”