Canoeists clear harmful waste from Jurassic Coast

PUBLISHED: 12:48 17 June 2016 | UPDATED: 08:40 21 June 2016

The canoeists who helped clear harmful  waste from an East Devon beach

The canoeists who helped clear harmful waste from an East Devon beach

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Nine bags of rubbish are removed from Little Beach, near Beer Head - now a safer place for wildlife

A canoe adventure along the Jurassic Coast led to a spontaneous clean up of harmful beach waste.

The guided trip from Beer to Branscombe was led by the Axe Vale Canoe Club who were joined by members of the public and wildlife experts from East Devon District Council’s countryside team.

After taking in the coastal sights from the sea the group stopped on the shore at Little Beach, a small cove on Beer Head, a spot only accessible by water, where they enjoyed a picnic in the evening sunshine.

However, while they were there everyone felt compelled to clear up piles of rubbish, which had been washed up on the shore. After just a few minutes, they had filled nine bin bags full of waste, leaving the beach much cleaner and safer for wildlife.

Countryside Ranger, Nathan Robinson said: ‘’The canoe trips offered by the Countryside team and Axe Vale Canoe Club have always been popular. This is the first year we’ve offered a coastal canoe trip and it was great fun, as well as allowing us to enjoy the stunning Jurassic Coast and nesting seabirds, which live along the cliffs. We were lucky enough to spot nesting cormorants, shags, fulmar and herring gulls, as well as sighting a peregrine in the Underhooken.

‘’It was fantastic that everyone was so keen to help clean the beach and maintain the beautiful countryside we live in, adding a conservation benefit to the event. We’re really looking forward to working with the Canoe Club again and have a number of canoe safari events along the River Axe coming up during the summer.’’

More canoe safaris will take place on: Saturday, July 16, 6pm to 9pm and Monday, August 15, 6pm to 9pm

Those interested in attending a canoe safari or other Countryside events can find out more in the Countryside event guide, or online at eastdevoncountryside.co.uk

Places must be booked in advance either online or by telephone: 01395 517557.


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