Dorset Wildlife Trust is inviting people to join in their annual Worbarrow Bay Beach Clean on 18th September, the chance to combine a beautiful walk along the shore with cleaning up for wildlife as you stroll. Litter of all kinds has been found over the many beach cleans, including fish hooks, old balloons, bottles, shot gun cartridges and even a fridge door.
Serious threat to wildlife
Julie Hatcher, Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Marine Awareness Officer, said: “The Worbarrow Bay beach clean restores this beautiful beach to its natural splendour, and allows wildlife and people to enjoy the shoreline without the dangers of unsightly litter.”
Beach litter is a serious threat to wildlife, not just locally but all over the globe. Turtles often mistake balloons for jellyfish, birds can trap their delicate feet in discarded plastic loops that hold cans together and plastics release chemicals into the ocean waters. Last year’s beach clean had 70 plus volunteers turning up to collectively remove over 200kg of litter.
The Beach Clean is also an opportunity to brush up on your wildlife skills by helping to survey the beach as you clean. Last year a total of 52 skate and shark egg cases were found, giving important information about wildlife off our coast.
The Beach Clean is on 18th September from 1.30pm to 3pm at Worbarrow Bay. For young volunteers there is also a morning classroom session about the impacts of marine litter with the K Team of young volunteers. No need to book for the beach clean but booking is essential for the morning session, which is for 16-25 year olds only. Parking is available in Tyneham Village and all equipment is provided. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01929 481044.
For more information please contact Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01929 481044.
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Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 25,000 members and over 40 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows and Brownsea Island Nature Reserves, The Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas.
Beach clean at Worbarrow Bay
Photo by Nicky Hoar