The 23rd Great Dorset Beach Clean event, coordinated by the Dorset County Council was held over 26 beaches on the weekend of the 16th and 17th April. A BIG thank you to all that attended and helped with the Worbarrow Bay beach clean led by the Dorset Wildlife Trust Kimmeridge Wardens.
Dorset Wildlife Trust Marine Volunteers, members and even the Dorset's Important Geological Sites group combined to form a total of over 70 volunteers in painstakingly removing 205kg of litter mostly containing plastic bottles and small plastic pieces. Amongst the finds were 2 ordnance; the remains of a 4lb solid shot and a 120mm practise round (shown in the image). Both were safely identified and removed by the on site Range Warden.
What was found on the beach clean?
Along the strandline, 52 skate and shark egg cases were found which will allow the Living Seas team to continue their awareness of ‘what lies beneath’ the waves nearby. Many of the mermaid’s purse egg cases belonged to the native spotted ray and blonde ray. Over the years, these egg cases have been common finds washed up in the Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve. Unfortunately, 10 balloons and their ribbons were also collected. These are known to be mistaken for jellyfish by species such as turtles which are likely to visit our south west shores during the summer.
All in all a fantastic day was enjoyed with individuals joining forces, blessed with summer sun to clean the beautiful shores at Worbarrow.
How can I get Involved?
Don’t be too disappointed if you missed out. There will be another beach clean at Worbarrow on Sunday 18th September at 13:30. All event information can be found here.
Notes to Editor
For more information please contact Nicky Hoar at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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