Morecambe and Heysham Beach Clean. Some information on organisations who have Beach Clean events you can get involved with as an individual or as part of an organised Beach Clean.
Important information on doing a Beach Clean
The Great British Spring Clean from Keep Britain Tidy 2 – 25th March 2018.
Keep Britain Tidy
Help us clean up the country
2 – 25th March 2018
The Great British Spring Clean is a campaign with a simple aim: to bring people across the country together to clear up the litter that blights our towns, villages, countryside and beaches.
We want to inspire 400,000 people to get outdoors, get active and help clear up the rubbish that lies around us. Join our growing army of #LitterHeroes who have had enough of other people’s litter and are willing to do something about it.
Together we can make a difference and clean up the environment on our doorstep.
Heysham Village Spring Clean Saturday March 24th
Taking place 7th – 15th of April, the Big Spring Beach Clean (BSBC) from SAS Campaigns
Taking place between the 7th and the 15th of April, the Big Spring Beach Clean (BSBC) is the largest and most effective volunteer beach cleaning project in the UK, if not Europe. Since 2010 over 39,000 of you have joined us at over 1,200 events across the UK.
A staple of all beach clean calendars, the Big Spring Beach Clean is hugely impactful, inclusive and above all else, fun. It is the standard by which all other beach clean projects are measured, thanks to YOU! For more information or to get involved, please email Jack on email@example.com.
Lillys Global Cleanup Day 18/04/18
Lilly @lillyspickup on twitter. Anyone can join in. Let her know on Twitter or Facebook
Lillys Global Cleanup Day Facebook
Love my Beach, Morecambe Bay Partnership
Mainly Fylde and Barrow up to Silloth. Can be seen on local Middleton Sands and Bolton le Sands. Check calendar for organised events, usually something on most days. They do a lot on Twitter and Facebook to promote a wide range of things which impact on the Beach and Marine Environment. They usually have a stall at local events in Morecambe and Heysham with lots of information leaflets. @lovemyBeachMBP AND @LoveMyBeach_NW
The board mentioned further in the blog for #2minuteBeachClean was supplied by them
Link to website of Love My Beach Morecambe Bay Partnership
Beach Clean events in April Middleton Towers 7th, Morecambe Lodge 21st and Milnthorpe 28th
Marine Conservation Society
Marine Conservation Society
There is a big calendar of events. The local group @MCSLancs do Beach Cleans and also have a calendar of meetings. The last beach cleans were Dec 2017 and March 2018 at Half Moon Bay, Heysham. The ones in the next few months locally are Formby and Whitehaven but keep an eye on the local Facebook in case of others
Beachwatch is our national beach cleaning and litter surveying programme – helping people all around the UK to care for their coastline.
Some of our best-loved marine wildlife is under threat from the waste and litter in our seas, with hundreds of species accidentally eating or becoming entangled in litter. It’s also dangerous for people and damaging to our tourism and fishing industries. We all have a part to play in turning the tide on litter. Join an event or organise your own and be part of the most influential fight against marine litter in the UK!
More than ‘just’ a beach clean
Marine Conservation Society Events
Two Minute Beach Clean Organisation
2 Minute Beach Clean
Big on Twitter and Instagram. Post picks of what you find. There is an App to log your finds for research
There is a Beach Clean Board provided by Love My Beach, Morecambe Bay which is put our by the Clock Tower Cafe when it is open. Can you recycle your supermarket bags by putting them in the aparture on the board so that they can be re-used for litter pick ups. A couple of litter picking sticks are available on the board.
This is a screen shot of App to log your finds for research
Always Check the Tide Times – there is a great free App MY TIDE TIMES
Usually finish 1 hour before a high tide or Start 1 hour afterwards in Morecambe and Heysham but it the tide is over 8 Metres then there may be little shoreline available.
You can volunteer and tidy up any part of any beach yourself. There are many volunteers who tidy areas of Beaches from Bolton le Sands to Middleton Beach on a regular basis including the Trumacar Tigers from Trumacar Primary.
Dog walkers have been seen tidying up plastic and they are in a good situation to pick up the plastic while walking the Dog.
The Morecambe abd Heysham Pebble Art group help out when placing pebbles for people to find – or picking up the odd pebble
Dogs are banned from Morecambe’s North and South beaches between 1 May and 30 September each year. From the beach with the Boats North of the Town Hall to the Battery Car Park at the West End
Lancaster City Council
They are responsible for the beaches and do respond quickly if there is anything that needs removing urgently by phoning the main switchboard.
The department who looks after the Beaches is called ‘Public Realm’ & I have heard on the grapevine that they may let people have a litter picking stick and council bags if they request them.
The beaches are cleaned by council staff but I don’t know with what frequency they go around with the litter picking sticks, Have seen them in the summer before and after events such as the Carnival and Kite Festival and in fact there are a lot of volunteers who help to the point where if you go near the Midland the day after an event then you would be astonished to find that there had been thousands of people there only 24 hours ago.
Finally, the Council has a beach tractor with an attachment for picking up litter and it is deployed on a regular basis on the sandy area. Amie, the driver, does a comprehensive clean on the beaches from Thornton Road where the boats are to the West End.
Interesting Doggy Doo Doo map from BBC via Keep Britain Tidy & details of Dog Warden Service
An issue everywhere with the Toxocara Virus related to Dog Faeces
Link to Lancaster City Council page for Dog Fouling Dog Warden Service
WAYNE and KODA – a National litter picking inspiration.
Who? You might ask. Wayne and his dog Koda are travelling 6000 miles around the Coast of Britain and picking up litter as they o along. They rely on donations and the kindess of strangers for accommodation.
@WayneKoda on Twitter and also on Facebook
Wayne is an inspiration to everyone who has picked up some plastic crisp packets or discarded water bottles etc., on the beaches of the UK
Wayne is from the North West