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.

Please see the Marine Conservation Society 2017 results (link to their website) from the national Great British Beach Clean, the Beachwatch Suffolk Results 2017 and recent results from Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB Summer Survey at Hollesley Marshes.

If you would like to take part in a Marine Conservation Society’s Beachwatch then involvement couldn’t be easier. You can either join one of the public events as a Volunteer or form your own group as an Organiser. This year’s Great British Beach Clean is rapidly approaching, it is always on the 3rd weekend of September, and this is the only national volunteer beach clean-up and survey undertaken within the UK! It is the UK contribution to the International Coastal Clean-Up, organised by the Ocean Conservancy in the USA, in which over 100 countries regularly participate, involving more than half a million volunteers. The 2018 results can be viewed here: 2018 International Coastal Clean-up Results.
Now is the perfect time to sign up for this year’s event!

We have fantastic support for both schemes in Suffolk, but there is always scope for more teams and volunteers! This is your chance to do something positive for the environment – act locally and be part of something global!

For more information and to find out where and how you can take part, please contact Lynn Allen, Countryside Officer at the Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB on 01394 445225, or go to the Marine Conservation Society website for a list of on-going Beachwatch events, including those during the Great British Beach Clean weekend: MCS Beachwatch/Great British Beach Clean Events.

We work with the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) to make sure that Suffolk's beaches are kept safe, clean and healthy.

By surveying our beaches and removing and recording the items collected, volunteers play a major role in helping MCS identify and take action against the worst marine pollution offenders. The scheme also highlights the threat to marine wildlife caused by discarded litter and other pollution.

Downloads and links

2017 Suffolk Beachwatch results

2016 Suffolk Beachwatch results
2015 Suffolk Beachwatch results
2014 Suffolk Beachwatch results
Suffolk Beachwatch results 2013
Beachwatch recycling report 2013
MCS 'Don't Let Go' Booklet
Beachwatch Big Weekend 2013 results
Suffolk Beachwatch Results 2012
Suffolk Beachwatch Results 2011


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