People living near the Somerset coast are being urged to help protect marine wildlife and local beaches by taking part in the Beachwatch Big Weekend, which takes place September 17 and 18.
The Beachwatch Big Weekend is part of a national beach clean and survey of waste organised by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS.) As well as cleaning up local beauty spots, the data that participants collect will help the MCS tackle the problem of litter in the sea and on beaches.
Rambles at Kilve and Berrow
The events will also uncover the unique wildlife which thrives on Somerset’s coast and how geological features add to its diversity. Somerset Wildlife Trust Trustee Mark Ward will lead a rock pool, fossil and geology ramble at Kilve, while Trustee Bob Corns will reveal how sand dunes are created at Berrow Dunes SSSI.
Somerset Biodiversity Partnership Officer Alison Slade said: “The Beachwatch Big Weekend is a brilliant opportunity for local people to find out more about the wildlife found on Somerset’s coast and to make a difference to the health of our beaches and seas.”
Beach cleans will be taking place around Somerset over the weekend, with the Somerset Biodiversity Partnership organising two. At last Septembers’ beach cleans, dozens of volunteers collected over 35 rubbish bags, containing at least 5,000 pieces of litter from Somerset beaches.
The free, family events are taking place at 12.30pm for the beach cleans and at 2pm for the guided walks on:
Saturday 17 September at Kilve beach
Sunday 18 September at Berrow Dunes beach