Continuing effort to keep Guernsey sea shore and coastal areas litter free on 20 and 21 July 2013

July 15th, 2013 by States of Guernsey Environment Department

Janice Dockerill of the States of Guernsey Environment Department handing out gloves and plastic bags at Pembroke for the beach clean on 28 April 2013 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Janice Dockerill of the States of Guernsey Environment Department handing out gloves and plastic bags at Pembroke for the beach clean on 28 April 2013 (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

The next Bailiwick of Guernsey Coastal Clean Up organised by the States of Guernsey Environment Department will be held on the weekend of 20 and 21 July 2013.

The first Guernsey Coastal Clean Up in 2010 was part of the world-wide celebrations for the International Year of Biodiversity.

Families, companies, schools and voluntary organisations are being invited to get involved by helping to clean up litter from their favourite stretch of coastline.

People can choose to clean beaches or coastal grasslands – all that’s needed are sturdy gloves and plastic sacks.

The week-end clean up event will get the coastline in good condition just before the school summer holidays.

This will benefit many families and visitors who enjoy a day at the beach but will also help provide a better habitat for Guernsey’s sea birds, particularly waders such oyster catchersdunlin, turnstones, and curlew.

dunlin, Calidris alpina, searching for food in Belle Greve Bay on 11 February 2009 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

dunlin, Calidris alpina, searching for food in Belle Greve Bay on 11 February 2009 (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Local ornithologists who ring sea birds regularly come across nests which include fishing net and plastic cord.

Bird pellets also show evidence that plastic items such as pieces of pen and plastic bag have been picked up and eaten by sea birds.

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Some of the small pieces of plastic found on the beach at Champ Rouget, Chouet on the 28 April 2013 (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Deputy Roger Domaille, Minister for the States of Guernsey Environment Department, said “the Coastal Clean Up campaign has proved very successful.”

“We’ve been very pleased that people have wanted to support it.”

“We hope many people will want to get involved again this year to keep Guernsey’s beautiful beaches at their best,” he said.

Each tide brings in plastic bottles, polystyrene and fishing litter to our shores but it would be a major step forward if everyone going to the beach remembered to go prepared with a bag.”

“That way they can take their own litter away with them and, if possible, pick up some that’s been washed up as well and put in the coastal bins,” Deputy Domaille said.

If you would like to get involved in this year’s Coastal Clean Up please visit the States of Guernsey beaches website or call the Environment Services Unit on 717200 or email [email protected] to let the Department know which beach you would like to clear of litter.

 

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