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As part of the Marine Conservation Society’s ‘Great British Beach Clean’ which involved numerous beach cleaning efforts around the country between 18th and 21st September, the Aune Conservation Association arranged one of its quarterly rubbish clean ups on Cockleridge, Bigbury-0n-Sea, on Sunday 20th September. This year, the rubbish haul was somewhat smaller than on previous occasions and it would be tempting to delude ourselves into thinking this could be a direct result of our earlier efforts on Cockleridge. Sadly, we know that the next tide will probably bring in a richer harvest from the masses of junk floating around in our oceans or discharged through our sewerage systems and that we need to remain vigilant to help protect and conserve our beautiful local environment.
Weather permitting, we shall be cleaning up along the Tidal Road on New Year’s Day from 1130 onwards; an excellent opportunity to cleanse the mind and spirit, if not the body! Please pay attention to the safety guidelines at http://auneconservation.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/ACA-BEACH-CLEANS3.pdf
No doubt some of us will gravitate towards the Fisherman’s Rest afterwards.
NB High water will be around 2.30pm so keep an eye on the rising tide to avoid strandings!
Wishing you a happy New Year .
You can now check up on the quality of the bathing water at your favourite local beach by clicking on this link to the Environment Agency’s website – http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/recreation/127626.aspx
This is a real improvement in the availability of important environmental information but remember the site only displays historical data and cannot show topical values for sewage-related bacteria. For obvious reasons, the site does not include any details about local sewage works ‘by-passes’, whereby after heavy rainfall, untreated but coarsely filtered sewage is allowed into the environment e.g. into the Avon at Aveton Gifford, up to 10 times per year!