The Great British Beach Clean is back this weekend

The Great British Beach Clean is back this weekend

Published by The Wessex FM News Team at 11:32am 19th September 2019.

Find out where your nearest one is.

Last year, 15,000 volunteers took part in the event around the UK, removing 8,550 kilos of litter from our beaches.

It’s the Marine Conservation Society’s 26th Great British Beach Clean. The charity hopes to surpass last year's record-breaking numbers with an even bigger turnout of volunteers helping to keep the UK's beaches beautiful.

Become a 'citizen scientist':

As a volunteer you’ll help:

  • Remove harmful marine litter
  • Record the litter you find along a designated 100m stretch of beach on a simple form
  • This data then helps the MCS to influence policy changes at a national level
Click on a location for information on your nearest Beach Clean - there are dates from Friday through to Sunday.  

You can also organise your own by calling: 01989 566017.

Lizzie Prior, MCS Beachwatch Officer, said:

"Taking part in the Great British Beach Clean really can make a difference. In previous years when we've highlighted increases in dog poo bags and sewage-related debris found on beaches, we've seen drops in numbers subsequently.

“Collecting data on litter across the UK's beaches is all-important in turning the tide on plastic and marine pollution."

Beach litter
Last year's cleans found an average of 600 items of litter per 100m of beach


Cleaning and surveying a beach only takes a couple of hours at most.

You’ll receive a litter picker and a bin bag to filling with rubbish.

Each beach will have a coordinator to explain how to fill in the form.

This year the Great British Beach Clean will be sponsored by the Ocado Foundation, which is pledging £300,000 as part of the Environmental Pillar of its 'Ocado Way - Corporate Responsibility Strategy'.