Run over one weekend last September, the Marine Conservation Society’s Great British Beach Clean saw thousands of volunteers survey and remove more than 275,000 pieces of litter from 340 beaches in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland and the Channel Islands. Last year fourteen National Trust beaches took part in the survey in September.
Justin Whitehouse, National Trust Ranger on the Lizard is one of the ‘Clean Cornwall’ inspiring people of Cornwall who are all playing a role in helping to stop litter spoiling the landscape and causing harm to wildlife.
‘When thousands of pink bottles washed up on Poldhu Cove on the Lizard Peninsula at the beginning of January, this beautiful Cornish beach was suddenly in the media spotlight. It wasn’t just the local media which covered the story, broadcasters from across the UK, Europe and beyond scrambled to cover the story of the infamous pink bottles coming ashore.
Thousands of nature lovers and wildlife experts helped the National Trust record more than 3,400 species (1,729 in the South West) at twenty five of its places (three in the South West) along the coastline of England, Wales and Northern Ireland in the charity’s largest ever wildlife survey.
From Brownsea Island in Dorset to Godrevy & Sandymouth in Cornwall, volunteers raced against the clock to record as many species as possible over either 12 or 24 hours as part of the South West Coast Festival.
On January 4 2016, thousands of bright pink detergent bottles have been washed up on Poldhu beach on the Lizard Peninsula, part of the West Cornwall coastline cared for by the National Trust.
Justin Whitehouse, National Trust Lead Ranger on the Lizard Peninsula, said: “We were alerted to the bottles yesterday and started collecting them straight away, with the aid of our staff and volunteers including those from the Friends of Poldhu Community Group, to remove them from the coastal environment as quickly as possible. We urge people not to pick up any bottles without using protective gloves, keep animals away and avoid swimming or walking in the area until any risk from the detergent to human or animal health has been assessed. Continue reading…
- New developments are still being built in areas at risk of coastal change
- Only one in three coastal planning authorities in England have the most up-to-date planning policy in place to deal with rising sea levels and more frequent storms
- Trust to develop action plans at 80 locations at risk of coastal change
- Trust champions approach that works closely with nature
The National Trust is calling for urgent action from Government and agencies in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to ensure all coastal areas are ready for the enormous challenges presented by severe storms and rising sea levels.
- Original survey carried out in 1965 to highlight the impact of development on our coastline has been updated to reveal land use changes
- 94% of coastline considered to be ‘pristine’ 50 years ago is now protected through the National Trust or through the planning system
- While three quarters (76%) of the coast remains undeveloped, urban/built-up areas have increased by 42% (17,557 hectares), adding the equivalent of a city the size of Manchester to our coastline
One of the biggest mapping projects of the 20th century has been repeated fifty years on by the National Trust to understand how the way that land is used along the coast has changed since 1965.
The South West Coast Path Challenge in October 2015 is a fundraising event, which aims to set a new record for the number of times people can walk or run the Coast Path in one month. Participants can create their own challenge or join one of four organised 10 mile challenge walks – every mile counts!
On Saturday 31st October, the last of the 10 mile Challenge walks kicks off on the beautiful Dorset coast – the official end of the South West Coast Path.
Fancy a challenge? Join Bill Bailey and Monty Halls this month by taking part in the South West Coast Path Challenge to help protect the coastline. By registering your challenge and pledging your support on social media, you’ll be supporting a cause that is close to many people’s hearts and you could also win a Go Pro Hero4 camera – the ultimate tool for recording your adventures.
The South West Coast Path Challenge in October 2015 is a new fundraising event, which aims to set a new record for the number of times people can walk or run the Coast Path in one month. Participants can create their own challenge or join one of four organised 10 mile challenge walks – every miles counts!
- Over 11,500 contributions from the British public helped inspire the Nation’s Ode to the Coast
- The National Trust has thanked the nation, and celebrated the success of 50 years of the Neptune Coastline Campaign, by creating a film to launch the final ode featuring members of the public who shared why they #lovethecoast this summer