City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

New Year Beach Clean at Cramond 2012


By Editor - Posted on 22 December 2011

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Event details
Venue: 
Cramond Beach
Telephone (info): 
07894 566624

What nicer way to burn off some Christmas calories than spending the morning at the beach? The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) will be holding a beach clean at Cramond on Saturday 28th January from 10am-12noon, and all are welcome. Meet at the start of the Cramond Island causeway at 10am. Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear. For further information contact Anne Saunders (MCS Scottish Projects Officer) on 07894 566624 or anne.saunders@mcsuk.org

Volunteers and local residents will pick up and record litter from a 100m stretch of Cramond beach, and MCS are looking for more members of the public to get involved. Beach litter is more then just unsightly: it poses a major threat to wildlife and the environment. Taking part in the MCS Beachwatch project is easy, and hundreds of volunteers are already involved all round the country. Children, families and dogs are welcome.

The litter survey along the 100m stretch usually takes 1 hour, with up to another hour to pick up litter on the remainder of the beach. MCS provides protective gloves and litter-pickers for those taking part. Refreshments will be provided at the end. Children under 16 are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. The information collected from this survey will add to the ongoing monitoring of marine litter around our coasts, to help MCS turn the tide on litter.

The last Beachwatch event at Cramond, held in September, was a great success with 80 volunteers picking up a fantastic 101kg of litter in less than 2 hours.

After the January beach clean, the next Beachwatch event at Cramond will take place on 21st April. If you do not live near Cramond there are many adopted beaches around Edinburgh, East Lothian and Fife.