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With a coastline of over 400 miles, it’s no wonder that there are plenty of beach cleans going on all over the county at all times of year. Whether they’re organised by a group like SAS or our friends at Beach Guardian, or simply a stroll along the sand with a bag in hand in which to put any stray plastic you see – we applaud all forms of beach cleans. Keep eyes peeled for the obvious, like plastic bottles and food wrappers, and for the camouflaged plastic too. Nurdles are tiny plastic balls, and once you spot one you begin to see them everywhere – and fishing nets almost look like they belong in their maritime surroundings, but we can assure you that these ‘ghost nets’ definitely don’t. If there’s a net entrenched in the sand, or anything else that you can’t easily remove, make sure you take a picture and then give either Rob or Emily at Beach Guardian a message. If you’re after learning more about the importance of beach cleans, and help on how to do one safely and hygienically (especially where kids are involved), Rob and Emily will also come out to you for an hour or so to help you do a beach clean. We recently headed out to Perranporth with these guys and the amount we learnt about the different plastics and why what Beach Guardian does is so much more than just litter picking.
Discover a beach clean near your unique retreat with one of many organisations planning group beach cleans – here are a few for starters…
From Glendurgan on the Helford River to Holywell Bay near Newquay, the National Trust run free beach cleans all over the county at different dates during the year. With gloves, bags and litter pickers provided, this is a great way to get involved and do your bit. Dogs on leads are welcome, and supervised kids are encouraged to come along and lend a helping hand.
Father and daughter duo Rob and Emily are the founders of Beach Gueardian, and are on a mission to keep the Cornish coastline plastic free. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for their upcoming beach cleans and go along to one. Emily has a degree in marine conservation and is a font of knowledge on all things beachcombing – be sure to find out some interesting facts on the importance of beach cleaning from her and Rob.
Find out more about Beach Guardian.
This inspiring charity is based just a few miles from the Forever Cornwall HQ, in St. Agnes. Set up in 1990, SAS was founded by people who were sick of seeing pollution in our seas and on our beaches, and the charity is now recognised as one of the leading authorities on marine conservation. As a business, we support Surfers Against Sewage as part of their 250 Club, but you can support them by heading to one of their beach cleans, participating in a #MiniBeachClean or contact with one of their regional reps to use one of SAS’s Beach Clean Boxes to help you out.