Elevated view of volunteers, Southwold © R. Harrington, MCS


Not only is litter horrible to look at, it is also dangerous for people and wildlife. Animals such as whales, turtles, fish and seabirds frequently become entangled in marine litter, and may die as a result. Beachwatch is the Marine Conservation Society's national beach cleaning and litter survey programme where people all around the UK can care for their coastline. 


Get involved                                                                                 

Throughout the year, there are a number of Beachwatch beach clean events running across the Suffolk coast. If you would like to take part in a Marine Conservation Society’s Beachwatch event then involvement couldn’t be easier. 

  • Visit the Marine Conservation Society website for a list of events. https://www.mcsuk.org/beachwatch/events
  • Find an event near you (or head to a beach you’ve never visited before!)
  • Click on ‘view details and register’ to find out more and register. *
  • Attend the Beachwatch event and make a difference to our beautiful Suffolk coastline.

*It is important to register for any Beachwatch beach clean event you attend so that organisers know how much equipment to bring and they may have additional instructions to give you ahead of the day. 

Fancy organising a beach clean? 

If you have a bit more time on your hands and would like to get more involved by organising a Beachwatch survey, either as a one off or regular event, we'd love to hear from you.

The Marine Conservation Society website has some great information on how to go about organising your own Beachwatch event. https://www.mcsuk.org/beachwatch/planning

Please do get in touch with us here at the AONB to let us know what you are planning or if you would like any help. You can contact Lynn Allen, Countryside Officer at Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB on 01394 445225. 

Great British Beach Clean

As well as the regular Beachwatch events throughout the year, the Marine Conservation Society organise the Great British Beach Clean which takes place in September each year. This year it will take place from the 20th to the 23rd September 2019. More information can be found on the MCS website https://www.mcsuk.org/beachwatch/greatbritishbeachclean

The survey

Working with the MCS, means that not only do we clean our beautiful beaches, but we survey the litter that we find. At every Beachwatch beach clean, volunteers survey the first 100m of beach. This information is passed onto the MCS who analyse the data and who can then identify and take action against the worst marine pollution offenders.

Survey results

Clink on the links below to see the results from Beachwatch over the last few years and see how volunteers have made a difference to the Suffolk coast. We have participated in the MCS survey since 2005 so if you would like to see the results of any other previous years, please do get in touch. 

2018 Suffolk Beachwatch results
2017 Suffolk Beachwatch results
2016 Suffolk Beachwatch results
2015 Suffolk Beachwatch results




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