Since I started this blog, we have benefitted from some lovely perks and this week we have been invited to, and are ambassadors for, The Marine Conservation Society’s (MCS) Beach Clean at West Kirby which is being supported by Marks & Spencer and the Forever Fish Campaign.
Always up for trying new things, we have never been to a beach clean and being lucky to live a stone’s throw away from the coast in a few directions, are regular visitors to West Kirby. I have great memories as a child of walking across the sands to Hilbre Island and having a lovely time seal and bird spotting. The West Kirby Marine Lake which is always popular with windsurfers and Spud loves getting his toes wet when we walk around the edge.
With the rise in popularity of foreign beach holidays, the UK shoreline has been overlooked by families in the past but with the recent recession, the UK beach resorts have become more popular for days out and holidays. There is an abundance of marine wildlife living on the shores of the UK and we have a duty to protect them from the effects of modern life, namely litter.
I admit I had never heard of the MCS until I received an email regarding the Beach Clean this Friday (11th May 2012) so would urge you to have a look at their website. There is an absolute wealth of information on the site and I have included less than half of the initiatives, campaigns and information points featured. You could sign up for their regular Newsletter and keep up-to-date on any developments and events like Beachwatch.
Beachwatch is a really important initiative run by the MCS which supports local groups, individuals and communities in caring for their local shoreline. Ever wonder where the money M&S charges for carrier bags goes to??? Currently, with the help of MCS, towards helping to preserve UK fish stocks and clean up our seas and beaches.
Shoreline litter can prove fatal for our marine wildlife, is hazardous to us humans and costs millions to clean up every year. Every little helps when it comes to doing your bit and you can find out about local events or how to volunteer with The MCS on their really informative website.
You can help out every time you visit the seaside by respecting all of the following MCS litter campaign initiatives…
MCS litter campaigns
Go Plastic Bag Free – Join the campaign to reduce plastic packaging
No Butts on the Beach – Help stop millions of cigarette butts littering our seas and shores
Bag it, Bin it , Never Flush – Items flushed down your toilet end up on beaches, don’t flush it, Bag it and Bin it!
(For a while,I have been contemplating using a Mooncup instead of disposable sanitary protection and this campaign has made my mind)
Don’t Let Go – Help us stop balloons killing wildlife
Plastic – Help us turn the tide on increasing levels of plastic litter
If you can’t physically help with the many events held each year, you can always help out from the comfort of your sofa…
Become a Member
Make a Donation
Adopt a Turtle
We can’t wait to take part in the Beach Clean and are excited to see what The School of Fish have in store in the way of games for the little ones. Fingers crossed it doesn’t rain buckets and I’m looking forward to sharing some pics of the boys having fun and learning to respect the environment.