Keeping our beaches clean

We are so lucky to be living by the sea and to have so many fantastic beaches right on our doorstep. Walking, exploring, rock-pooling, surfing, swimming or just relaxing, there’s always something – and it doesn’t matter what the weather throws at us or what time of year it is, being out on the beach is exhilarating.

Sadly we all know that our “throw-away” culture is damaging our seas and beaches, particularly with the amount of plastic that we throw away. Making sure our beaches stay clean is important for everyone. SeaQuest and our volunteers have been doing just that with lots of fun events throughout the year.

In September over 150 volunteers joined us on Sandy Bay and Rest Bay for the annual Marine Conservation Society (MCS) Great British Beach Clean. It was the biggest mass participation beach clean and survey event that the UK has ever witnessed. Our survey results were sent off to the MCS and you can read all about the results here

Throughout the year we’ve had school groups, voluntary organisations and corporate beach clean events. Our community clean-ups and the individual endeavours have helped to reduce the growing plastic litter problem – and it’s fun too.

This week SeaQuest is pleased to be part of the Keep Wales Tidy Beach Clean campaign. On Saturday we were joined by a team of volunteers who worked hard along the tide-line from Ogmore to Newton. We’ve got a second event planned on Wednesday 23rd January and plan to tackle the mouth of the Ogmore River and surrounding area. Look out for details on social media – everyone is welcome!

Thank you to everyone who has joined us. We’ll be continuing our efforts throughout 2019, so keep an eye on social media for the next Beach Clean event and pop along and join us. We’d love to see you there.