Conservation Group Offering Beach Cleaning Holidays To Scilly

An earlier beach clean

The Isles of Scilly AONB and the Wildlife Trust have joined forces with a conservation group offering beach cleaning holidays on the islands.

A group of volunteers from the charity, the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV), which was established in the 1950’s, are visiting this week to carry out marine litter surveys and to take part in educational workshops.

This is the second time the charity has organised holidays on the islands after a successful visit last year. They’re planning another visit in October.

Clare Lewis from the AONB says BTCV offer a more unusual form of holiday, where volunteers contribute something to the place they’re visiting and often learn new skills such as dry stone walling.

She says the AONB is keen to support this type of work and will be helping with boat transport to the islands.

The volunteers will also collect data about litter dropped either by the public or discarded from fishing or shipping activities, and this will be fed into the Marine Conservation Society’s annual waste survey.

The group have already been working on Porthellick and St Agnes, with clean-ups planned on Town Beach, Samson and St Martin’s later this week.

Clare says members of the public are welcome to join them on Thursday and Friday and transport will be provided (see here for details)