The Scottish Costal Clean Up’s annual Big beach Clean event

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This month saw the return of The Scottish Costal Clean Up‘s annual Big beach Clean event, which also coincided with World Ocean Day. As well as celebrating all things ocean, they also celebrated the many amazing people and organisations who work tirelessly to help keep Scotland’s beaches clean. As part of the Big Beach Clean they travelled to Port Logan to meet and beach clean with Solway Firth Partnership and local beach cleaning group O N US South West Scotland. They learnt about the difficulties they face in accessing some of the worse affected areas. It was also interesting to see the types of rubbish found on this stretch of coastline (which is flanked by the Irish sea), with plastic travelling up from the south, over from Ireland and many items that can be traced back to locations much further afield, like Canada.

The Scottish Costal Clean Up team are just back from a very busy weekend on the Isle of Skye

Scottish Coastal Clean Up Isle of Skye

The Scottish Costal Clean Up team are just back from a very busy weekend on the Isle of Skye. They returned to a familiar stretch of coastline, a place that was visited last year and they have already moved 6 tonnes worth of marine litter from it. A hardworking team of volunteers, including residents, Team Otter (an environment group for children) and members of a kayaking club, all worked together to remove two skip loads worth of rubbish, from two beaches. These beaches are not often visited by people, and everything found on them had been washed in. It is estimated that at least 90% of it is from the fishing industry. By removing plastic pollution from these areas, they are helping to protect local wildlife and from debris breaking down into microplastics.

This weekend The Scottish Costal Clean Up joined sustainably.spectrum

This weekend The Scottish Costal Clean Up joined @sustainably.spectrum, learning how to best deal with a stranding situation

This weekend The Scottish Costal Clean Up joined @sustainably.spectrum to attend the@bdmr_uk training at Rosemarkie Beach, on a mission to upskill and become qualified Marine Mammal Medics. This was the practical side of the training and involved learning how to best deal with a stranding situation or take care of seal pups that might require some extra help. If you’d like to know more about and find out ways you can get involved please click HERE.

The Scottish Costal Clean Up have been joining forces with great organisations

Scottish Coastal Clean Up tackle the huge amounts of rubbish that has been washed in on the East Coast of Scotland

Recently, The Scottish Costal Clean Up have been joining forces with great organisations like The Scottish Seabird centre in North Berwick, Keep Scotland beautiful and the Berwickshire Marine Reserve to help tackle the huge amounts of rubbish that has been washed in on the East Coast of Scotland. The winter storms have been particularly brutal this year and the team estimate that they have removed over 10 tonnes of washed-up creels and rope in East Lothian alone. Some of the team have recently completed their Powerboat handling level 2 course. The plan is to use their boat on upcoming beach cleans to access difficult locations, where it often isn’t possible or practical to remove any collected rubbish by land.

The Scottish Costal Clean Up joined Keep Scotland Beautiful

Scottish Coastal Clean Up

This month The Scottish Costal Clean Up joined Keep Scotland Beautiful for some source to sea litterpicking, to help bring awareness to the amount of marine litter that actual starts its life on land. This took place on the River Esk in Musselburgh. The amount of rubbish found along its banks was staggering, especially knowing how easily it could find its way into the river and then out to sea. The team have been continuing with our primary school visits and have been out beach cleaning locally when the weather allows. To participate in the North Berwick beach clean, which is taking place on March 2nd 11:00 – 12:30 please click HERE.

Scottish Coastal Clean Up

Scottish Coastal Clean Up - January

It’s been a busy start to the year for The Scottish Costal Clean Up team, with lots of planning taking place and a new staff member joining. They continue to busy removing creels (lobster pots) from east Lothian beaches and unfortunately seeing more being washed in with the recent storms. They have been running some incredibly fun workshops in primary schools and are planning to follow these up with beach cleans once the weather improves. The dates for their big beach cleaning weekends can be found on their website, with lots of beach cleans planned from early spring which you are encouraged to participate in.

The Scottish Costal Clean Up team continue to be busy

Scottish Coast Clean Up

The Scottish Costal Clean Up team continue to be busy with the removal of creels and have been working alongside the East Lothian Ranger service to tackle the issue. Throughout winter they will be delivering educational workshops into schools and early year settings. School visits can be followed up with beach cleans or source to sea litterpicks and can be adapted to suit different year groups. During December they joined forces with Keep Scotland Beautiful and will be running a litterpick together this month as part of their ‘week of action’ and Up Stream Battle Campaign. This is a great opportunity to highlight the amount of marine litter that comes from land and to work together with another organisation who is doing great work.

Busy past few weeks for The Scottish Coastal Clean Up

Scottish Coastal Clean up

It’s been a busy past few weeks for The Scottish Coastal Clean Up who have been busy trying to clear away the huge amounts of debris that washed up after the recent stormy weather. One of the main issues the team have been dealing with is the many creels (lobster pots) that have washed ashore. They have been finding large tangles of creels all along the east Lothian coast and have been lucky enough to have use of a Hagglund vehicle to help shift the biggest piles. The team have been trying to reunite any salvageable creels with their owners and build up a map of where all the washed-up creels are. The map will be shared with the local Rangers, fishers and landowners and to hopefully make it easier to coordinate efforts to remove them all over time.