There is a small anonymous group of people – Morecambe Beach Buddies who clean the beach on a regular basis. They started in 2015 and clean beaches from the Morecambe Town Hall to Half Moon Bay at random times.
If people want to get involved in tidying the beaches then there is always plenty to do with 2 tides a day.
This blog is intended to raise awareness of organizations and activities which people can get involved in to improve the environment of the Morecambe Bay SSSI.
Coronavirus update June 2020. Only a few beach cleans this year, some in Jan and Feb but did a ‘Beach Margin Clean’ along the rocks/beach armour, and a South Beach Clean in the last month. The first time the family Morecambe Beach Buddies were out was today though – 14th June – on the South Beach. Thanks to Will, Amie and Mark at Lancaster City Council for their continued help and support. Also the always helpful team of public realm at Lancaster City Council – who see us on the beach and take the full bags away and offer further bags if needed.
If any groups in the Lancaster, Morecambe, Heysham, Carnforth to Silverdale area covered by Lancaster City Council wish to borrow equipment for a cleanup on Beaches, Parks or Cycle Paths etc then click on the link for details
Lancaster City Council @LancasterCC send an employee out on the Morecambe North Beach (Clock Tower) after events and if needed.
The public realm dept at Lancaster City Council will provide litter picking equipment to groups and individuals who are dedicated to tidying up the Beach, Parks or elsewhere. Contact by email. PublicRealm@Lancaster.gov.uk
Amie, from @LancasterCC (at @MorecambeBeach on twitter) tidies up the beaches with her tractor. This is done twice a week May to September and also when there is a large amount of debris. She also – along with others – does litter picking along the Prom along with Mowing grass and other activities
@LoveMyBeachMPB – which is part of @MorecambeBayUK Charity – do beach cleans every week in the Lancashire, Cumbria and Solway Coast. Apply via website. Website of Love my Beach
Marine Conservation Society do Beach Cleans, mainly at Half Moon Bay, Heysham. The amount and type of litter and plastic is logged scientifically. @MCSLancs on twitter also @MCSUK Marine Conservation Society
A couple of local Schools have been active on the beaches @Morecambe_ST and @TrumacarPrimary.
Active Lancashire charity have done Beach and Promenade Cleans @ActiveLancs
Kiko Mathews is visiting Morecambe on her 3 month cycle around Britain and Beach Cleaning at the same time in the summer of 2019 @KikPlastic. Kiko did Atlantic solo row.
Team Pluto of @NCS @Inspiraforlife have done beach cleans on Morecambe South Beach.
@SASCampaigns do a National Beach Clean occasionally.
@KeepBritainTidy do National Campaigns – in association with the Daily Mail for the Great British Spring Clean Link to Keep Britain Tidy
The Daily Mail currently have a Great British Spring Clean campaign Mar 22 to April 23 2929 Details of Daily Mail along with the local authorities and @keepBritainTidy.
@2minBeachClean started by Martin Dorey @CamperVanLiving is a great organisation to encourage people to pick up litter. Currently there is a ‘beach Clean board’ outside the Clock Tower Cafe in Morecambe when it is open with a litter picking stick for the public to have a go.
Beach Clean Board in association with @lovemybeachMBP with Amie on the tractor in the background.
If there are any dog fouling issues on the Beach or elsewhere the contact details of the Dog Warden are in this link Dog Warden
if there are any Issues concerning the beaches of Morecambe, Heysham and Silverdale etc then contact Lanncaster City Council switchboard and give the details. I have always found them to be very helpful Lancaster City Council Website
Will add to the blog if there is further information @ChrisJCoates
Coastal Cyclists, Runners and Walkers added as I hear of them. I have met Quintin Lake, Karen Penny, Jonathan Camfield and Chris Lewis as they walked past Morecambe. I did a few blogs of Walkers, Runners and Cyclists a couple of years ago. Let me know if you find other people, or if something needs amending. Will try to keep it going for a while. I have started a Twitter account @UkAround Twitter for Coastal Travellers
I have made a Twitter list of those I currently know have started or intend to start in 2019 onwards. If you click on ‘Subscribe’ then the list will be added to your twitter account so that you can see the tweets of your fellow travellers. I hope its of help.
Chris Coates @ChrisJCoates
New *** Barney Lee. Walking coastline of Mainland Britain. Charity HNPP
New *** Leigh Corrie Feb 2020
New *** Met on 4th OCT 2019 Jonathan Camfield. Walking
New *** Lewis Stephens Cycling
New ***Terry Marsh-Dementia Coastal Walk UK June 6/7 2020
New ***Jen Crossingham @JenCrossingham Doing Coast In stages since 2013
New ***Chris Elliott. Has completed much of UK Coast
New ***April 2019 Mary Hickey. Cycling around Ireland for 2nd time,
New *** Gerry O’Boyle running around the Coast of Ireland in Stages
NEW *** Martin and Maureen Shipley Starting Robin Hoods Bay 14th Feb 2019 Charity for @thrombosisUK On Facebook not Twitter
NEW *** Jozef Jupiter Started June 2018 Walking around England Coast Path 2800 Miles. Started from Kent. Last walk 2 of 2 Deal to Dover. Not on Facebook or twitter
Jonathan Camfield. Walking Clockwise but not sure if UK or Britain Mainland. Has been walking coast in stages for 5 years and has completed 45%. Not posting on social media. Walking for the enjoyment. Just randomly met him on Heysham Beach. Heading up to Levens in Cumbria on the 5th October 2019
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I am walking 1,000 miles again in 2019 the walking boots are going back on… This will be my 4th year doing this challenge and I’m actually aiming to beat 1,243 as that was last year’s final total. Follow my progress this year at https://www.facebook.com/pg/1000milesin2019
I started this challenge originally in 2015 and walked 1,045 miles, which works out at roughly 20 miles every week, this might not sound like a massive target but it was the “EVERY week” which was hard. Just having the time to do it was a big challenge, along with our lovely UK weather. My initial reasons for doing this were mainly health based, though I like walking it gets hard sometimes to motivate yourself to put your boots on after a busy day in the office when it’s pouring down outside, I was hoping that by having this target I wouldn’t let the exercise slip.
The challenge became harder when my hips deteriorated and I was diagnosed with severe arthritis in both hips, I had to grit my teeth a bit to get the challenge over the line and trekking poles were a big help. But I completed the 1,000 miles on Sunday 1st November 2015 at Grimwith Reservoir in the Yorkshire Dales. I also lost 5 stones into the bargain.
I had 2 total hip replacements in 2016 one in January, and the other in September, so unfortunately I only managed 613 Miles that year, despite walking up Ingleborough 6 weeks after the first hip replacement.
In 2017 I was on my way back and managed 1,030 Miles in the year.
Then in 2018 I achieved 1,243 Miles over the year.
Unfortunately we lost mum to Parkinson’s in 2018 but I am continuing to try raise some money for Parkinson’s UK in her memory.
My mum was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2003, so I have seen first hand the effects this has on somebody’s life, the restrictions it places on their personal freedom, constant pain, tiredness and mobility issues. At the moment there is no cure for Parkinson’s which is a progressive illness, i.e the symptoms get worse over time.
Parkinson’s UK (http://www.parkinsons.org.uk) help by supporting people who have this debilitating condition & their families, as well as funding research in the search for a cure. I am hoping to raise as much as possible to help with this, with this aim I am going to leave the fundraising page up until the end of the year.
A massive thanks to all sponsors and everyone who has supported me so far, and to my wife Nicola and family for putting up with me vanishing off to the dales at every opportunity.
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Here he goes again!
In March 2016, one of Ecologia’s locally-based supporters, Simon Clark, set off on an incredible journey to run 5,000+ miles around the coastline of mainland Britain in a bid to raise money for the work we do. 15 months later, he returned, having raised almost £26,000, well over twice his initial target!
Now, just over a year since his homecoming, he’s off again! Missing the freedom of the road and spurred on by the achievement of his first 5,000 miles, Simon will soon set off to add another 2,000 to his belt by running the coastline of Ireland. In the process, he’s hoping to raise even more money to support and empower the children and young people at our projects across the world.
In May 2019, I’m going to cycle 6700km around the coast of the UK in 2019. After breaking the Atlantic world record, you might expect I’d be out for another however my challenge here is not to be the fastest but to build a community of action around the problem of ocean plastics.
Over 3 months I’ll cycle the coast of the UK, joined on each of the 12 stages by volunteer riders from sponsor organisations. At the end of each day, we’ll meet with a local school and do a beach clean together. I am so excited to do a challenge where I am with people – especially since my recent Wadi Rum Ultra Team Like A Girl challenge. Read on for more ways to get involved…
Currently at St Mawes. Walking 7000 Miles around the coast of Britain for Guide Dogs for the Blind.
Wonderful with all yourcontributions so farI am on £2,200 so many thanks to you all.What a great day today,Hail storm sunshine and rain, what contrasting weather. Beautiful place a place called St Mawes, it was cloudy didn’t see much at first . Then the weather broke it was fab
Brian Burnie (73) of ‘Daft as a Brush Bluebell Bus’ is walking 7000 miles around the coastal path of Britain and Ireland. They are hoping to raise £4 Million to take the charity Nationsied and have raised £440,000 so far.
Bill Dockery and Joanna sometimes. The Scottish Vagabond
They are hoping to walk the mainland coast of Great Britain in stages.
We have already walked just over one hundred and seventy stages or individual walks with a total mileage over two thousand, two hundred miles, including most recently finishing off the South West Coast Path.
In 2017, the Naval Service celebrated the centenary of the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS), formed in 1917, and recognised the vital contribution made by naval women over the last century.
To mark her close involvement with WRNS100, and her retirement from the Royal Naval Reserve, Commander Jane Allen decided to undertake a solo anti-clockwise charity walk around the coastline of mainland Britain. She estimates it will take over a year and cover approximately 5,500 miles.
Jane started from Admiral Nelson’s flagship, HMS Victory, in Portsmouth on 21 October 2017, and plans to finish there in the first quarter of 2019 – hence the title Victory Walk.
I am a 70 years old gritty Yorkshireman from Hull. I am now more than 2,000 miles into my walk, but still have 3,000 to go. I have been held up by atrocious weather in Cornwall and had a two week break to have an early Christmas break visiting friends and loved ones. Today I resumed my walk from Lands End to Lamorna. I am now walking in an easterly direction towards the White Cliffs of Dover
Its International Mental health awareness day on October 10th and everybody is welcome to join me from Southwold pier!! I will be walking the entire coastline of the United Kingdom clockwise to raise awareness of mental health issues and money for the charity Mind. I personally have suffered with depression and anxiety for manys years and have found walking gives me great relief from my symptoms. Mind really can make a big difference to someone’s life so please support this great cause
Not using @PetesCoastWalk Twitter now
Peter Mears, a 35-year old man from North-Yorkshire is walking the entire UK and Ireland Coastline in around 3 years, to raise funds for environmental charities – the RSPB, and Renewable World.
Peter set off on Sunday, the 30th of April 2017 from Dunnet Head in Scotland – the northernmost point in mainland UK – and hasn’t stopped since. Peter is expecting the journey to be 3 years in total – due to walking as close to the sea as possible. Expected completion could be October 2020.
My name as many of you already know is Peter Mears and I am currently trekking approximately 14,000 ( could be as many as 21,000 no one really knows!😂) miles of the UK and Ireland coastline, whilst sleeping outdoors for the entire duration to raise Funds and awareness for 2 charities, the RSPB and Renewable World.
I am not smart enough to invent the magic technological breakthrough we likely require for a sustainable future nor am I able to focus intently on a subject so as to become a specialist in one of the equally important fields such as conservation or education… but it is my hope that I can still contribute to those efforts and perhaps even help them work together one day.
Alan is from Wellington in Somerset. He has a top blog with thousands of views due to his comprehensive descriptions of each walk and his photography. The details are also posted on Scottish Hills website – details below.
Alan started by walking the Pembrokshire Coast Path and then just kept on going. Alan started in 2001 and is walking in stages.
A couple walking the UK Coast, their pictures are in the twitter feed and have only posted a few times. Fairly sure they are going around Great Britain and have sent tweet for further information.
Near Cardigan at the moment. They post the daily route and pictures on Twitter. Walking anti-clockwise around Great Britain if my map reading is correct. #UKCoastalPath #UKCoastalWalk
My UK Coastal Walk
Andy Phillips is amazing. He has just finished his 29 year Coastal Walk which he has done in stages . He has posted 1000s of photos on his previous twitter and has changed his twitter so as not to interfere with Charlton Athletic tweets and has the # of #GoingAroundTheUKCoastAgain
Good luck Andy.
Jogging and Running 4500 miles around the coast over 3 winters.
From June 2018 to June 2019, I’m walking 3,500 miles around England and Wales. My challenge is in aid of Cancer ResearchUK. I am walking in memory of my wife Melitta, who died in 2015 from cervical cancer.
We can eradicate cervical cancer in just one generation! And save the lives of 250,000 women (daughters, wives, mothers, sisters, partners, friends…) who die each year. How?
Walking the British Coastline in stages. James started in 2013 and is doing the coast in sections in no particular order.
Next section at Peterhead March 2019
The idea of doing a walk around the coastline of Britain wasn’t an instant one. I didn’t decide one day to go the nearest beach and go “Right this is it. I will now walk the entire coastline of Britain just for the sh*ts and giggles!”. No, rather it has been an idea that has been developing over a number of years, possibly from every time I’ve visited the coast and taking a little walk along the beach. Living in the Teesside area (I know how unfortunate!) I have pretty easy access to the coast, living only about 6 or 7 miles from it as the crow flies. I have spent many a day on the Costa del Teesside visiting the local coastal towns of Redcar, Saltburn and Seaton Carew and also further afield at Whitby in North Yorkshire too.
Has walked 534 miles and was last at Aberdeen
James writes a popular blog which has many useful links and also a list of other coastal walkers.
Blog on WordPress. Starting around the year 2000 Jane has done 59 Walks with her daughter Jen and the last one was October 2018 in Essex. A very meticulous photographic blog is completed after every walk.
There are a number of Wildlife and Nature groups in the Lancaster and Morecambe Area with events for adults and children. I will update if there is new information. Also Nature areas with scope for joining in as a volunteer.
Leighton Moss has events for families at most times of the year. There are many volunteers who undertake a variety of tasks from working in the centre as ‘meet and greet’ to tidying flower beds and cutting back reeds.
Marine Conservation Society @MCSLancs and @MCSUK. They meet at the Gregson Centre @GregsonCentre. During the winter there are meetings and also they go to Half Moon Bay Heysham for litter picking and recording what items are washed up on the beach.
Morecambe Bay Partnership. A charity which is involved in a lot of activities involving nature @MorecambeBayUK @_Mbay @H2H_Tweets @LoveMyBeachMBP @BirdsoftheBay There are Archeological and Beach Cleaning activities. Childrens activities include rock poolinga and land art
Wildlife trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside look after a range of sites including Middleton Nature Reserve, Heysham Moss Nature Reserve and Heysham Nature Reserve on the road to the Ocean Edge Caravan Park on Moneyclose Lane. Throught the summer there are many events in the purpose built education building at the Heyham Nature Reserve. There are no facilities at Heysham Moss or Middleton. Website for Lancashire Wildlife Trust
That’s a lot of Plastic. Even more will be sold by Ferrero International S.A. now that they are available in the USA after being banned for 50 years. So there is the wrapper on the chocolate, inside that is the well known 2 part plastic capsule insert and inside that – a plastic toy made of a number of plastic components.
How long do they last? Not long, as I recall from buying them for my own children occasionally.
So at least 3 x 3.5 Billion plastic items (without counting the components of the ‘toy’ which can vary). They will go into going into landfill or recycling. Although I have found a few on the Beach.
This is single use plastic unless there are a few Kinder Egg collectors with basements or attics full of the toys.
Maybe Ferrero International S.A. will replace the plastic with bio degradeable components which the Lego company are doing. We can only hope
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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!
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
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
Hi. Plastic has gone behind your back. All the time you thought your precious Plastic was safely being recycled it was going on foreign holidays to Hong Kong, Thailand and Poland. Its on youtube from Sky News. The evidence is here so break up with Plastic now!
I have decided on a name change for the blog. Its not so much an addiction as ‘out of sight, out of mind.’
Did you know that a plastic drinks bottle
a) takes 3 Litres of Water to make a 1 litre bottle?
b) will last 1000 years?
So, went to the Morecambe Festival Market on Sunday as there is a good veg man who also does the street market in Lancaster. His stall is on the Winter Gardens side, outdoors. Have shopped here before. Maybe this would be better than a supermarket with regard to plastic.
Ended up with 21 items. 7 had plastic. Anther 3 were in punnets so were able to tip into the Asda ‘bag for life’ (Plums, Tomatoes and Mushrooms) and he said he would re-use.
The 7 items were Carrots (“got fed up of people just wanting 1or 2 carrots) Cucumbers, Celery and Peppers. Don’t know why any of them need plastic. Got a big paper bag of Maris Piper Potatoes and a dozen eggs in cardboard. All in all not too bad as 21 items for £19.80.
Its a start, but the toothpaste is running out and I don’t think there is a plastic free tube. I’ll have a look though.
We are so addicted to plastic we just cannot think of not using plastic at all. What would we buy? Where would we go to buy it? Would it cost more to be plastic free?
Its the 7th of January 2018 and have done a #2MinuteBeachClean
Most of what we use is collected by the council and is buried, so its not our fault, or is it?
Could plastic we use get into the sea?
Wet wipes are often flushed down the toilet along with cotton buds and we assume that the sewerage Works filter them out. If there was flooding, then perhaps they are flushed out of there or maybe there is some other reason why so many have been found on the beach this week and Morecambe is normally free from a lot of sea plastic.
There are areas where the tide leaves a pile of plastic and various organisations locally such as Marine Conservation Lancs, @MSCLancs, Lancaster City Council, Lots of volunteers, Morecambe Bay Partnership @lovemybeachmbp and a school at Trumacar in Heysham all have helped around the coast of Morecambe Bay.
Have just purchased some Plastic Free Cotton Buds from Body Care in the Arndale Centre in Morecambe. They are Johnson’s but 100% cotton and 100% paper sticks. After 6 months of volunteering to tidy Morecambe Beaches the penny is beginning to drop.
How do you and I go plastic free? I’m going to have a go…..
I started a publication on Twitter called Plastic Pollution Daily using Paper Li. On Twitter Twitter link of Chris Coates This collects relevant articles about Plastic Pollution and puts them into an online newspaper.
Some of the articles caught my eye over the last few days.
a) The plastics industry knew 50 years ago that there would be environmental problems
b) A plastic supermarket bag can be broken down by marine organisms into 1.75 million pieces. Te minute sea life such as shrimps etc do not know the difference between plastic and food. If they can’t excrete the plastic maybe they will feel full and not feed – this has been shown to happen with birds.
c) Wet wipes are predicted to take 500 years to break down completely.
Anyhow, I did a search on Google and found an article of ‘100 ways to be Plastic Free’ so I am having a look at that. My immediate thoughts were 1 Bin Bags 2 Bleach 3 Shampoo and stuff.