Keeping Bexhill beach clean

Bexhill Beach Clean SUS-151210-143059001
Bexhill Beach Clean SUS-151210-143059001

Bexhill Environmental Group is inviting people to take part in a beach clean on Saturday October 17.

Chris Ashford, from the group, said: “We are fully equipped to recommence beach cleaning with new grabbers, new gloves and more buckets.

“The new equipment has been tested by local Scout and Brownie groups who enjoyed using them so much that one scout is going to ask for a grabber for Christmas!

“It is really important to keep our beautiful beaches clean as Rother District Council does not clean the beaches during the winter.”

Rachel one of the Bexhill Environmental Group team , added: “For those of you who have not joined us before beach cleaning is a really fun activity – one for all the family.

“All you need to bring is you: wearing stout shoes and appropriate clothing.

“It is quite astonishing what we have found on past beach cleans and we always seem to be adding new items to our list – come and see what you can find.”

The group is inviting people to join them at 10am, on Saturday 17, at West Parade opposite Richmond Road on the promenade.

When you return you will be rewarded with refreshments will be provided by the Devonshire Road branch of the Co-operative.

Bexhill Environmental Group is an independent environmental action group run entirely by volunteers with the aim of working to protect and improve the Bexhill environment and promote a sustainable green future: greening Bexhill, action on waste and recycling, tackling climate change, promoting sustainable transport and protecting the marine environment.

The Marine Conservation Society claims that beach litter is at its highest level since records began and it is becoming increasingly hazardous to wildlife.

There are nearly 2,500 items of rubbish for every kilometre on a beach. Marine wildlife gets entangled in litter and accidentally ingests it.

A spokesperson said: “Turtles mistake plastic bags for jellyfish and the bags block their stomachs, often leading to death from starvation.

“Seabirds mistake floating plastic litter for food, and over 90% of fulmars found dead around the North Sea have plastic in their stomachs.

“Plastic litter on beaches has increased 140% since 1994. Plastic never biodegrades. It just breaks down into small pieces.”

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