August 26th, 2011 by States of Guernsey Environment Department
National Beachwatch Big Weekend takes place on 17 and 18 September 2011 when hundreds of Islanders will comb Guernsey beaches as part of the Marine Conservation Society survey, organised locally by the States of Guernsey Environment Department.
Volunteers in Herm have also signed up and will be cleaning up and recording the debris found on their island’s beaches.
St Andrew’s Primary, La Mare de Carteret Primary, Elizabeth College and the Grammar School pupils, as well as community groups such as the Guernsey Conservation Volunteers and Guernsey Climate Action Network, together with WI, Church groups and individuals, have all confirmed they’ll be taking part and collecting data on marine litter around the coastline.
There are a few beaches still available for the survey on 17 and 18 September 2011 for any group wanting to take part. If anyone is interested in organising a Beachwatch at Bordeaux Harbour, La Fontenelle, Ladies Bay, Le Picquerel, Les Pecqueries North, Vazon South (Richmond) or Perelle, the Environment Department would be glad to hear from you. Alternatively, if anyone would like to volunteer to help out with a Beachwatch by joining in with a group the Environment Department can put you in touch with organisers.
Volunteers are asked to survey a minimum 100 metre stretch of coastline and record all litter that they find and clean it up. The results are then published in the annual Marine Conservation Society Beachwatch report. The information helps to guide national policy on tackling the problem of marine litter.
Marine litter can directly harm wildlife as a result of entanglement and ingestion. Many marine mammals (dolphins, porpoise seals, and whales) and turtles die every year from entanglement in discarded fishing gear or ingestion of plastics.
If you would be interested in assisting with Beachwatch or would like to find out more please contact the Environmental Services Unit on 717200, or email env @ gov.gg.