Litter-pickers help to take debris from beach
PUBLISHED: 07:00 29 September 2016
A pair of knickers, a shoe and two odd socks were amongst items found by beach cleaning volunteers at Lyme Regis.
Litter Free Coast and Sea’s support of the Marine Conservation Society’s Great British Beach Clean encouraged many local people to take part.
An area of Monmouth beach was divided into zones where detailed information about the size and type of debris collected between the tide lines was noted.
This data will be collated and compared against previous years; it helps discover where the litter is coming from and provides the evidence to help stop it from ever getting there in the first place.
The Lyme litter pickers found not only the most common rubbish, consisting of fishing lines, plastic bottles, sweet wrappers and disposable barbecues, but also a variety of clothing items.
A spokesman said: “All of these can pose a serious threat to sea and shore life. Plastics can last for hundreds of years in the sea, harming wildlife and threatening livelihoods.
“Every little bit that is removed will make a difference for a long time. This is particularly relevant locally as a sick dolphin and a dead seal have been found in the Lyme Regis area recently. Krys Lavery, the Lyme Litter Free Coast and Sea leader, can be contacted on email at firstname.lastname@example.org