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Conserving the Devonshire Avon from source to sea


by | Sep 23, 2014 | Main | 0 comments

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!


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