Residents clean over 21kgs of litter from Sewerby Steps beach near Bridlington

Residents and Sea Champions took part in the North East Marine Conservation Society's first beach clean and marine survey of the year yesterday.

Monday, 6th January 2020, 11:51 am
Updated Monday, 6th January 2020, 11:52 am

Sea Champions is the nationwide volunteer programme for the Marine Conservation Society (MSC) where people apply to participate in a variety of events including beach cleans, giving talks, attending local events and fundraising.

Alongside the Sea Champions, Bridligton residents, including several children, joined in the efforts to clean the beach at the bottom of Sewerby Steps in Bridlington.

It was the MSC's first clean of around 200 planned events in 2020 across the North East region.

Matt Barnes regional manager of the North East for the Marine Conservation Society. Picture by Paul Atkinson
Matt Barnes regional manager of the North East for the Marine Conservation Society. Picture by Paul Atkinson

Over 20 people took part and removed over 21kgs of litter was removed from the survey area alone with an average just over 700 pieces of litter per 100 meters which is higher than the UK average.

The MSC's ext public cleans and marine litter surveys are Fraisthorpe and Mappleton on January 11 and Bridington on the January 19, details can be found here.

Emme Palmer, 11, looking at what happens when plastic gets into the eco system. Picture by Paul Atkinson
Participants surveying the beach. Picture by Paul Atkinson