Archive for September, 2014


Rubbish counters and classifiers


As part of the Marine Conservation Society’s (MCS) Great British Beach Clean weekend, the Aune Conservation Association conducted one of its quarterly cleans of Cockleridge, on the Avon estuary at Bigbury-on-Sea, on Sunday 21st September.    Picking up the rubbish is the relatively easy part of the task as, subsequently, everything has to be classified and counted (see photograph) for the MCS’s annual survey which compares the totals of rubbish found on different beaches around the UK, year on year, and uses the results to lobby for better control of the sources.

This year’s count  suggested that the decline in rubbish found in recent years on Cockleridge was only temporary, with the usual main culprits being pieces of plastic, foam, netting and bottle caps.  Unfortunately, cotton bud sticks – those reliable markers of what is flushed down the lavatory – were also represented in good number!


Police received a report of the theft of a Tohatsu outboard motor Serial no.21284, grey in colour with a missing cover release lever.

This occurred overnight of Saturday the 13th and Sunday the 14th September 2014 on the low tide at Hope Cove beach along with three fuel tanks containing fuel.

Owners of Marine and River craft are asked to be aware and check them on a regular basis.

Residents living near the water are asked to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity you may see promptly to the police

Anyone able to offer information regarding the theft or whereabouts of the motor is asked to please call the Devon and Cornwall Police 101 no: quoting crime ref 106455/14.


On Friday September 12th 2014 at 11.00am , we shall taking a leisurely  walk from the Shipley Bridge car park to the Avon Dam for a picnic.   All are welcome to join us but this will be a weather-dependent event!  Please bring your own lunch and appropriate clothing.

BEACHWATCH ‘BIG WEEKEND’ 2014 – Sunday 21st September 1100am

Weather permitting, we shall be picking up and recording any rubbish found on Cockleridge as part of the Beachwatch Big Weekend, in collaboration with the Marine Conservation Society on Sunday 21st Sept 11.00am – noon (LW~11.00am)

Everybody is invited to come along and help.  Wear gloves, boots and suitable clothing, please.

As a condition of participation, all volunteers are expected to adhere strictly to commonsense  Safety Guidelines at all times and to follow the advice of the Organiser on the day as conditions may vary.   The guidelines can be scrutinised by clicking here – ACA BEACH CLEANS3