Berrow and Brean join 'Great British Beach Clean'
cleans have been held in Burnham-On-Sea, Berrow and Brean to mark
the Great British Beach Clean weekend.
estuary wide clean up, the first of its kind, took place over four
days from the 14th - 17th September.
30 helpers took part in The Friends of Berrow Beach's clean-up on
Saturday 15th September, while the Friends of Burnham Beach event
attracted dozens of helpers on Sunday afternoon. A third beach clean
at Brean takes place at Brean Land Yacht Club at 2.30pm today (Monday
of Litter Free Somerset and the Severn Estuary Partnership have
been co-ordinating the first ever estuary beach clean and are highlighting
all the different beach cleans going on all around the Severn estuary.
Taylor, Partnership Manager for SEP, says: "The estuary has
so much to offer from recreational activities to improving well-being
and sustaining livelihoods yet can often be taken for granted. A
coordinated beach clean of this scale is an excellent example of
community spirit and engagement with local issues."
and other litter which reside in and around the estuary can kill
local wildlife, decrease water quality and end up in our food chain.
12.7 million tonnes of plastic ends up in the ocean every year,
which is equivalent to one bin lorry of plastic per minute."
pollution is threatening to cause serious harm to the varied wildlife
that is supported by the estuary including 74,000 wintering birds,
more than 100 species of fish and vast amounts of invertebrates.2
a million people live near the estuary's shores, meaning it is especially
vulnerable to pollution caused by people. This is why SEP is mobilising
the man-power of the communities living around the estuary to come
together and clean the whole coastline."
only will this beach clean reduce the current levels of litter residing
in and around the estuary, but it will also have a lasting legacy
by making connections between different individuals and community
groups who may be unaware that regular beach cleans are already
organised in their local villages or towns."