Rusty metal hand rail found during Beacon Cove beach clean The event was part of The Great British Beach Clean, a national event organised by the Marine Conservation Society with the objective of both cleaning beaches and running a survey to establish what sort of litter is being left on beaches across the UK. Our volunteers all worked incredibly hard, collecting a total of six bags of rubbish which included glass, bottles, nails, plastic and even a whole metal handrail (see photo). In total, all the litter from just Beacon Cove alone weighed in at just under 30 kilogrammes. 

To keep the volunteers entertained there was an appearance from Living Coasts’ giant penguin Super Mac.  At the end of the beach clean the volunteers played a few games and were treated to much-deserved ice creams, compliments of the Terrace Bar Café at Living Coasts.

The resulting survey revealed that the majority of the litter collected from Beacon Cove was made up of plastic and polystyrene (37%), closely followed by glass (32%). More details about the litter found on Beacon Cove that day can be found on the Marine Conservation Society’s Beacon Cove litter survey page


Marine Conservation Society survey results

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