Beachwatch Event Taking Place At Porth Hellick

Porth Hellick Beach

The Isles of Scilly AONB is calling on people to help clean Porth Hellick beach this weekend as part of the Marine Conservation Society’s National Beachwatch campaign.

Local organiser, Rebecca Steggles, says it’s a good chance to give the beach a thorough clean while at the same time recording the amount and type of waste that’s getting washed up.

She said these MCS surveys have recorded a steady increase in the amount of beach litter since 1994. Last year’s clean up at Porth Hellick found 1676 pieces of plastic, 76 pieces of polystyrene, 28 pieces of rubber and 28 pieces of metal, weighing a total of 21kg.

Rebecca says most of the waste found was from fishing activities at sea.

The data collected by the MCS has helped change the laws on disposing of waste at sea and resulted in investment in better sewage treatment.

She said the litter washing up on our shores is not just unpleasant to look at, it can harm and even kill some of our best-loved marine wildlife.

“Seabirds, turtles and whales have mistaken marine litter for food and actually eaten it, which in many cases has resulted in starvation, poisoning and ultimately a slow, painful death” says Rebecca.

The beach clean starts at 3pm this afternoon at Porth Hellick and there’ll be free hot drinks and cake for all those taking part. Children under 17 need to be accompanied by an adult.