Archive for September, 2012

BEACHWATCH ON COCKLERIDGE – RESULTS

Those of you who missed out on the opportunity to participate in our Beachwatch clean up on Cockleridge last Sunday (16th September) will not be surprised to find out that the supply of waterborne rubbish is inexhaustible!   However, I’m happy to report that Cockleridge (and the Avon) does seem cleaner each time we visit.   At least, there is not so much large rubbish immediately visible.   Unfortunately, the small stuff is just as hazardous to our wildlife and there is plenty of that to be found.  My thanks go out to the small band of volunteers who cheerfully made the effort to comb the beach and help conserve our environment.

The usual classes of flotsam and jetsam were present.  In declining order of frequency, the top 10 classes were:

Plastic pieces (> 2.5cm) – 137, fishing nets & pieces (>50cm) – 133, polystyrene packaging – 75, foam/sponge insulation – 53,  food wrappers – 34,  caps & lids – 29, string & cord (<1cm) – 18, plastic drink bottles – 16, cotton bud sticks – 16, plastic food containers – 13.

The sources of these items are quite varied and include: general litter, fishing/ marine activities and sewage.   The Marine Conservation Society will collate the results from around the country and continue to use these to lobby industry and government for cleaner seas and beaches.

BEACHWATCH BIG WEEKEND IMMINENT – COCKLERIDGE

Please come, bring your friends and help clean up our environment during the Beachwatch Big Weekend!  The ACA will be cleaning and counting on Cockleridge on Sunday 16th September between 1200-1300.  LW will be around 1300.

What does the ACA hope to promote / achieve from the clean?  Cleaner beaches and River Avon (obviously) plus increased awareness of the problem caused by rubbish in our seas.

This is part of a special Marine Conservation Society ‘Beachwatch’ weekend on which rubbish from around the country is classified by category and counted. See – http://www.mcsuk.org/what_we_do/Clean%2Bseas%2Band%2Bbeaches/Beachwatch/Beachwatch?dm_i=104K,X5Z4,56TAHN,2R30J,1 – ).

Please also read our safety guidelines for participants as per this link:-

http://auneconservation.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/ACA-BEACH-CLEANS3.pdf

Do people need to bring anything in particular?   Please bring gloves, bags, wear stout footware, etc. as per the advisory guidelines on our website –  in link above.  COCKLERIDGE is best reached by walking round from Bigbury on Sea towards Bantham or by crossing, by boat, from Bantham.  It is not as easily accessible as some beaches but it does catch a lot of the rubbish which would otherwise wash up the river Avon and the reward will be well worth that extra effort!

Do people have to register in advance or just turn up on the day?  Turn up on the day but with restrictions as per advisory note (above) e.g. no unaccompanied minors, dogs on lead, etc.  You might like to bring a picnic lunch if the current fine weather holds.

Please phone or e-mail if you need more info. – 01548 810373.