Suffolk Beachwatch 2012 report

We have released the results of the Marine Conservation Society’s (MCS) Beachwatch surveys carried out in 2012 by volunteers in Suffolk. This report, released alongside the MCS Beachwatch Big Weekend 2012 results, illustrates the amount of rubbish on our beaches and also demonstrates the fantastic efforts of our volunteers who help tackle the problem.

Countryside Officer Lynn Allen coordinates the Beachwatch events in Suffolk. She is passionate about the scheme and says that the dedicated volunteers who participate “play a crucial part in protecting and conserving Suffolk’s beautiful coast and estuaries, but they make it a really fun and sociable event too.  Whilst it’s disappointing to find so much rubbish discarded and washed-up on our beaches, it’s really heart-warming to know that there are so many people out there who are passionate about looking after their local environment”.

An incredible 645 volunteers collected more than 716kg of litter from Suffolk’s beaches in 2012, recording a total of 43,256 items. You can view the full report and analysis of the items collected on our Beachwatch page, or contact the AONB team to request a hard copy of the report.  Visit the ‘Get Involved’ pages to find out more about the AONB volunteering scheme if you would like to join those already working hard to conserve this beautiful coastline.  

 

By Helen Taylor on May 15th, 2013

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