Ever walked down the beach and found plastic bottles and bags dotted about? Well it’s not just people the litter has an impact on, but wildlife too. That’s why Dorset Wildlife Trust is inviting people to join in their annual Worbarrow Bay Beach Clean on Sunday 16th September, the chance to combine a scenic walk along the shore with cleaning up for wildlife as you stroll.
Melinda Fisher, Dorset Wildlife Trust Marine Warden, said: “In February we did a beach clean at Kimmeridge Bay and removed a skip full of litter from the beach and 800 plastic bottles were taken for recycling. This highlights just how much litter finds its way onto beaches, and how taking part in beach cleans can really make a huge difference to wildlife and people.”
You’d be following the example of Olympic silver medallist Nick Dempsey - our local windsurf hero who has been on beach cleans, saying he always feels really good once he has done it. He’s shown his support for the Litter Free Coast and Sea campaign by stepping on a windsurf made out of marine and beach litter at the Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre, created by visitors to Weymouth during the 2012 Olympic sailing events.
An estimated one million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals and turtles die every year as a result of litter in the sea, while birds and mammals can be injured by litter washed up on the beach. To help prevent incidents such as these, come and join in on Sunday 16th September from 1.30pm to 3.30pm at Worbarrow Bay, all equipment is provided so just bring yourselves and make it a free family day out! No need to book, but for any more information, ring 01929 481044. You can also find out more about the Litter Free Coast and Sea campaign and the impacts of marine litter at dorsetforyou.com/litterfreecoastandsea.
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Dorset Wildlife Trust is part of the Natural Weymouth and Portland Partnership; connecting people with nature
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.
Olympic silver medal winning windsurfer Nick Dempsey with a windsurfer made from beach litter (now exhibited at the Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre)
Beach clean Worbarrow Bay by BRYAN WHITING