A group of volunteers from Guernsey Electricity recently took part in the Marine Conservation Society’s Beachwatch event, clearing and recording items of rubbish found on Bordeaux Harbour.
Beachwatch is a UK-wide clean up and survey of beach litter involving local communities and volunteers. Beachwatch Big Weekend is the society’s annual national event and part of the international coastal clean-up, when people all over the world clean and survey beaches on the same weekend.
Two black bin bags of rubbish and one of recyclable items were collected on the day. Rubbish collected included 48 cable ties, a fishing reel, fibreglass, cigarette butts and a five metre long cable.
“It’s great that we could get involved in this event, which not only benefits the island but adds to the huge amount of information being collected and analysed by the Marine Conservation Society to help keep the UK’s beaches clean,” said Clare Packman from Guernsey Electricity.
“At Guernsey Electricity we take our responsibility to the local environment seriously and that includes marine life. We were pleased at how noticeably clean the beach was compared to previous beach cleans we have done at Bordeaux Harbour, although many of the items we did find would unfortunately be dangerous for marine life.”
The results of the Beachwatch Big Weekend will be published next spring.