As I arrived at Walney Island I saw that I had a message from Nick, one of the Cumbria Wildlife Trust's marine trainees. The message read that I was the only volunteer who had signed up to help with the beach clean and that it was cold and windy at the reserve. Should we go ahead or drink tea?!
|A cold, grey and wild day out at sea off Walney Island|
|Litter picking equipment - hoops and pickers|
|Nick trying to keep his bin bag under control|
|A bundle of fishing line|
|Bags of rubbish heading back to the truck|
We soon had our first bin bags full and Nick carried them back to the truck and then we battled against the wind to get another bag on the hoop - easy in calm weather!
|Attaching a bag to a hoop - only possible in pairs!|
|Car air filter and more netting|
|Braving the storm and trying not to get sandblasted!|
|A truck full of rubbish|
|Braving the elements!|
Below I have added a couple of photos from a beach I visited in Cyprus. It is a turtle nesting beach and there was a nest protection ring left set up. I think they are for protecting the eggs from predators and that this one was left over from the breeding season. Down on the strand line there was not only fishing nets but also lots of the little plastic biodegradable balls. I visited out of season, so I don't know if they clean it up before the turtles come ashore to breed. But if they didn't the turtles would have been surrounded by it. It is such as shame for the turtles and also for the fact it is such a beautiful beach.
|Plastic bits on the beach, Cyprus|
|Small plastic particles, Cyprus|
|Turtle nest protection, Cyprus|
|A mess of fishing net and rope, Cyprus|
A few useful websites:
Check out their website for future dates of beach cleans
Lots of beach cleaning events all over the UK
A few good books:
'Ocean of Life' Prof. Callum Roberts
'The Unnatural History of the Sea' Prof. Callum Roberts
'Mobu Duck" Donovan Hohn