200kg litter removed from Chesil Beach

200kg litter removed from Chesil Beach

Published by Maria Greenwood at 8:59am 5th November 2019.

Almost 200kg of litter has been removed from Chesil Beach by Wessex Water.

Over 80 volunteers from the water and sewerage company joined Dorset Wildlife Trust on four separate beach cleans.

Most of the rubbish was made up of plastic bottles, food packaging, fishing equipment and cigarette lighters.

The Trust's said it will help the South West's only colony of Little Terns, which have made their home on Chesil - they're the second rarest breeding sea bird in the UK.

Chesil beach clean

Sally Cooper, corporate development officer at DWT said:

"The volunteers joined us in poor weather conditions and helped to remove a variety of items, such as plastic bottles, caps and food packaging, as well as cigarette lighters, fishing equipment and more.

"The 200kg of rubbish removed from the beach will provide a massive benefit to our marine environment, local community and visitors."

Chesil Beach

Sally added:

"Little Terns migrate all the way from Africa to nest at Chesil, so keeping litter from the site is essential to their survival.

"We are very thankful to the Wessex Water staff who have helped us to protect these birds and the other wildlife present across Chesil beach."