Morecambe & Heysham Beach Care #MorecambeBeachCare
Fantastic people keep Morecambe & Heysham Beaches tidy and #2MinuteBeachClean has arrived.
If you are interested in the environment and want to help – then first of all – watch this 2 minute video.
If you intend to do more than pick up a few items while out walking the dog etc., then its a good idea to have a couple of plastic bags inside a long-life supermarket bag so the the litter does not blow away, also take gloves. One of the bags is for plastic bottles, glass bottles and cans.
There are three sets of recycling bins along Morecambe Promenade for plastic bottles, glass bottles and cans. 1) Lifeboat Station 2) Cenotaph 3) Near Regent Road in the West End. Otherwise its up to you whether you use a normal bin or pop them into your own recycle bins. There are plenty of bins for other items.
The Lancaster City Council do regular Beach cleans with Amie on her tractor but this depends on the tides and also they cannot do the beaches where there are no ramps directly onto the sand.
All beaches need to be tided between tractor cleans, and where the tractor does not go. There are individual people who tidy up the range of beaches, council workers, groups such as the Trumacar Tigers and some organised groups such as Love My Beach of the Morecambe Bay Partnership who did a beach clean at Middleton recently. Families involved in #PebbleArt have mentioned that they are helping by picking up litter.
I have noticed a lot of dog walkers taking the opportunity to pick up litter. I also talked to someone from a local Facebook group recently – she and her husband were picking up litter and recycling. There was a big effort recently by volunteers after the Morecambe Carnival.
The important thing is not to overdo anything and do just a little area at a time.
The Main Beaches are:-
Half Moon Bay and a couple of coves towards St Patricks Chapel
Heysham North and the other side of the Bay Cottage Playground which opens again Mid September
Sandylands beach where the old paddllng area is now visible
Kite Surfers area down the ramp from the Battery car park. Only a tiny area but important as any cans or glass etc could harm the Kite and Wind Surfers.
The West End beach from the Beach Cafe up to and including the little bay near to the swimmers statue opposite the Alhambra.
The Sandy and Pebble beach from the Midland Hotel and including the lovely Beach Plant area
Morecambe North Beach ‘Eric Morecambe’ to the Clock Tower
Morecambe North Beach Clock Tower to the Jetty near the blue boat ‘Hopeful’
Blue Boat ‘Hopeful’ to Pirates on the Prom Playground.
The Boat Bay beach and along the pebbles to Broadway.
Many of the beaches have rocky areas, do not climb onto rocks which can be slippery. Also keep on the sand and do not go on any muddy areas. Someone was stuck in mud near the boats last year, only a few feet from the sand.
If you are tidying Half Moon Bay Beach there is the occasional metal object which could be a WW2 munition item. I haven’t heard of anything for a few years but there is a warning notice. Phone Lancaster City Council switchboard if there is anything to report. It does work – I reported a large dead bird and a drum of diesel recently (not the same day) and they were promptly sorted out.
There are possibly important areas I have missed but whether you adopt an area, or work through the list, then anything helps. I did a beach clean at the Half Moon Bay beach recently and could only fill half an Asda bag of tidal and other litter so we are not talking about bin bag sized litter problems.
NOTE – the beach clean board at the Clock Tower Café depends on people popping some supermarket bags into the groove on the board for people to have a go – have seen a lot of kids picking up stuff.
Lets not dwell on the causes of tidal or other litter – it is what it is. Picking it up is not for everyone.
NOTICE There is an organised beach clean at Sunderland Point on the 2nd Sep 2017 with Morecambe Bay Partnership 10-12 Contact John Gilchrist. Tel: 01524 858693
Environmental Links and groups, if you want to see what they are up to………..
This is the important one
#2MinuteBeachClean Facebook of 2 Minute Beach Clean
#2MinuteBeachClean also on Twitter @2MinuteBeachClean and Instagram
Local in the Fleetwood to Lytham area
Rossall Beach Buddies Faceboook Rossall Beach Buddies
Cleveleys Beach Care Facebook of Cleveleys Beach Care
Fylde Beach Care Facebook of Fylde BeachCare
Love my Beach Morecambe Bay Partnership Morecambe Bay Partnership
Wayne Dixon and his dog Koda Amazing chap from Fleetwood who is walking 7000 miles around the coast of Britain picking up litter for charity Facebook for Wayne Dixon and Koda
KeepBritainTidy Facebook for Keep Britain Tidy
Any beach tidying shows people and visitors that we are proud of where we live and that we will take steps to help everyone enjoy the scenery we all love. When people take photos we see on social media they will not include tin cans in the picture.
I personally feel that the beaches define Morecambe in the same way that Williamson Park is important to Lancaster
If you have picked up anything on a Morecambe and Heysham Beach then you already care.