Volunteers Sought For Porth Hellick Beach Tidy

Porth Hellick Beach

Islanders are being asked to help pick up litter on Porth Hellick on Saturday 17th September, so the Marine Conservation Society can assess how much beach litter is washed up around the UK’s coastline.

Local Beachwatch organiser, Clare Lewis, says that over 170 species including seabirds, turtles and whales have mistaken marine litter for food and actually eaten it, which in many cases has resulted in “a slow, painful death.”

Clare is hoping for the biggest turnout yet. On the same St Mary’s beach last year, volunteers picked up 1657 pieces of rubbish weighing 17kg!

MCS Beachwatch claim to have influenced changes to laws on the disposing of waste at sea, and resulted in investment in better sewage treatment around the coast.

If you want to help you can email aonb@scilly.gov.uk