(Above) Litter on Chesil Beach by Sally Welbourn
(Below) Litter by the Cove by Sally Welbourn and Chesil during the storm by Charlotte Bolton
In a bid to help wildlife, Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) is asking for help to clean-up the shocking amount of litter that has been washed up onto Chesil Beach after the recent storms and high tides.
10% discount on food and drink at the Taste* cafe for those taking part
To try and combat the litter - some of which is deadly to wildlife the Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre will be hosting a beach clean on Saturday 25th January, starting at 11am. The Taste* café at the Chesil Centre is also offering an exclusive 10% discount on food and drink for those who are involved with the beach clean.
There has already been a huge effort made by concerned local people to clear away the litter, but there is still a lot of work to do along Chesil beach, which is 18 miles long.
Rubbish can be very harmful to birds if they become entangled in it
Chesil Centre Manager, Emily Brown said, “Rubbish such as plastic, metal and fishing gear can be very harmful to birds if they become entangled in it and lots of wildlife, such as turtles, can ingest plastic. This beach clean is a chance to make a real difference and a good opportunity to get some fresh air and enjoy scenic views. We are pleased to be working with local organisations, and we are grateful to the Court Leet of Portland who has generously paid for a skip to take the litter away.”
Plastic bags can take 450 years to break down in the sea
Litter on our beaches is not only unsightly, but it can have a big impact on wildlife and the environment. Seagulls have been found by staff at the Chesil Centre with fishing line around their legs, which can seriously harm them if they are unable to feed properly. Fishing line and glass bottles can take 500 years to break down in the sea. Plastic bags, which are often found washed up on Dorset’s beaches, can take up to 450 years to disappear.
To join in with the post-storm beach clean, meet at the Chesil Centre on Portland at 11am. If you have any litter pickers, bags or gloves, please bring them along. For more information about the beach clean, click here
Notes to Editor
The Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre is a partnership between Weymouth and Portland Borough Council and Dorset Wildlife Trust. The Centre is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Fine Family Foundation, Chesil Bank and the Fleet Nature Reserve, Jurassic Coast Team and Trust, Crown Estate, Court Leet of the Island and Royal Manor of Portland, Dorset County Council, Garfield Weston Foundation, Chalk and Cheese and an army of volunteers from the local community.
The Centre is open from 10am to 4pm every day. For more information, ring 01305 206191 or click here
Dorset Wildlife Trust is part of the Natural Weymouth and Portland Partnership; connecting people with nature.
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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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.
The Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre is owned by Weymouth & Portland Borough Council and leased to Dorset Wildlife Trust who run the Centre on behalf of a partnership including the Chesil Bank and the Fleet Nature Reserve and the Jurassic Coast Team, with the continued help of local volunteers. The building of the new centre and boardwalk was made possible by funding from a wide range of organisations, including the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Crown Estate and Court Leet of the Island and Royal Manor of Portland, the Fine Family Foundation, Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, Dorset County Council, the Garfield Weston Foundation, Dorset Wildlife Trust, Chalk and Cheese and the Jurassic Coast Trust.
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