Burnham-On-Sea coastal officer aims to tackle beach litter issue
Berrow and Brean have a new Coastal Community Officer who is set
to launch several new initiatives to reduce marine and beach litter
and protect bathing water quality along our coastline.
Cox has joined the Litter Free Coasts & Seas Somerset project,
taking on the job of Somerset Coastal Community Officer and replacing
Harriet Yates-Smith who has moved to another role.
who has a background in marine conservation and oceanography, has
been actively tackling plastic pollution for the past six years.
a really exciting time of year as we enter the planning stage for
the various campaigns that we hope to run this year and Im
always keen to hear from local residents and volunteers who would
like to get involved," she told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
bathing water season here runs from May to September and we have
a busy summer lined up with various campaigns planned."
will be relaunching the very successful 'Dont feed the locals'
campaign which targets seagulls because bird and animal faeces can
strongly affect bathing water quality."
will also be promoting responsible dog ownership for the same reasons
with the message 'Pick Up Your Poop'. Nobody wants to find dog mess
on the beach or in the water, yet its frequently spotted along
Friends of Burnham beach will be continuing their excellent work
to keep the coastline litter free an excellent way to highlight
the scale of the problem to local residents and to encourage small
but significant changes in everyday lives to reduce the amount of
waste we produce."
monthly clean-up will complement the '#2minutebeachclean' stations
that will be in place along the coastline over the summer."
added: "We will also be launching an all-new Business Award
Scheme to support local businesses to put simple, low-cost measures
in place that will reduce their environmental footprints. Focusing
on sewage, waste and drainage issues, we will be looking at how
Fats, Oils and Greases (FOGs) are handled; preventing unflushables
from being flushed and eliminating single use plastics and avoidable
packaging wherever possible."
Free Coasts & Seas Somerset is a community-led campaign which
aims to reduce marine and beach litter and protect bathing water
quality in Somerset by empowering individuals, local communities
and local businesses to make informed decisions that ultimately
reduce environmental impact.
adds: "In the meantime, I hope to see you all on Saturday for
the next Friends of Burnham Beach clean-up which takes place this
Saturday at 10am, starting at the Sailling Club."
and Highbridge Town Council recently supported a campaign to try
Burnham-On-Sea a plastic-free coastline as part of push to further
help to improve bathing water quality.
this week, Burnham-On-Sea.com featured a Burnham-On-Sea
dog owner's plea - 'stop fouling our beaches' amid concern about
details about Tanya's various activities throug the year are featured
on social media via Litter Free Somerset and here.
Tanya Cox has become Burnham-On-Sea's new Coastal Community Officer;
above - at a recent beach clean with MP James Heappey and Cllr Peter