Clean Beaches Are The Best!
15th September 2014
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So what kind of things have been discovered?

Well, there is far too much rubbish to start with!  More than half of litter found is plastic and since the weekend was launched these items have increased by a whopping 135%!  Dog poo in plastic bags on our beaches has increased by 11% in just one year - why do people do this?

Litter can spell really bad news for our marine animals!  Over one million birds and 100,000 mammals die every year from getting caught up in litter as they try to swim through ropes, nets and containers. 

It is a problem that can also have severe health repercussions.  Because floating plastic bags can look like jellyfish, turtles sometimes swallow them - and other creatures have bits of plastic in their stomachs that can lead to problems and even death.  

This year, the goal is to get 10,000 people to clean and do a litter survey on at least 400 beaches between the 19th and the 22nd of September.

Beaches in North Devon involved in the Great British Beach Clean are as follows:

20th Sept

Bideford                  Westward Ho!                   9.30am

Instow                     Instow                            11.00am

21st Sept

Northam Burrows     Croyde                             10.00am

Braunton                 Croyde Downend               10.00am

22nd Sept

Ilfracombe               Lee Bay                            10.15am                                  

To register as a volunteer and to help clean up our beaches, visit the website at:

Alternatively, whilst walking your dog, taking a stroll on the promenade or enjoying our beautiful beaches with the family, if you see a piece of litter - PLEASE, PICK IT UP!

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