Volunteers wanted to clean our beaches

The LOCAL Marine Conservation Society is looking for volunteers to help keep our beaches clean and aim to save our best-loved marine wildlife.

Arbroath beach and other local beaches such as Monifieth, Broughty Ferry, Lunan Bay and Auchmithie will be receiving a thorough clean from September 15 to 17.

Doug McLaren, the local Beachwatch organiser from Broughty Ferry, would like to see more volunteers lend a hand and promises that it will be a fun and informative social occasion.

Mr McLaren said: “The tide of 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. Over 170 species including sea birds, 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.

“Plastic packaging and discarded fishing nets also injure, entangle and drown some of Britain’s favourite marine animals, including seals and dolphins.”

Beachwatch, the Marine Conservation Society’s (MCS) beach clean and litter survey aim to highlight the issues of beach litter around the UK’s coastline.

The results from the beach clean and survey are vital in helping reduce local beach litter and help prevent more marine wild-life from dying unnecessarily.

The clean-up will start at Broughty Ferry’s award winning beach beside the Windmill toilets car park at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 15. A clean-up of Broughty Ferry East Beach will also take place at 10 a.m.

Volunteers for this clean-up should meet at Bridge Street, opposite Road Gardens.

On Sunday, September 16, Auchmithie Beach will be cleaned between 10 a.m. and 12 noon. Volunteers should meet opposite the But ‘n’ Ben Restaurant.

The clean-up will then move to Lunan Bay and Montrose which will both be cleaned between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Volunteers should meet at the Lunan Bay beach car park and the access to the beach from Traill Drive in Montrose.

And finally, on Monday, September 17, at 6 p.m., the clean-up of Monifieth Beach will take place. Volunteers will meet at the entrance to the beach off Marine Drive.

The meeting place for Arbroath Harbour is the Harbour Information Centre and St Cyrus volunteers will meet at the Scottish Natural Heritage Visitor Centre, however the dates and times for both locations are to be confirmed.

The MSC are asking for as many people as possible to get involved and help highlight the seriousness of this issue.

For more information please contact Doug McLaren on 01382 774247 or e-mail doug.mclaren@which.net.