BLOG: Plastic free from mountain to sea – Lockdown litter pick

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Your monthly update on 'Clear the Bay by Day' - clearing the Bay's beaches, pathways and cycleways of plastic waste.

Tuesday 25 May 2021

As restrictions ease, allowing up to 30 people to meet outdoors, our super beach clean volunteers have been out in force over the past few weeks - all socially distanced, of course - and have been busy clearing our beaches, footpaths and cycleways around Morecambe Bay.

We have had a fantastic amount of interest from people wanting to join our happy band of litter picking volunteers and we are hoping to welcome more people to our events soon. If you are interested in coming along, please sign up to our newsletter to stay up to date.

 Freedom Confectionary, based down by the beach in Heysham, are the latest team to have received litter picking kit. The team had been upset to see so much litter on the beach, so they got in touch to see if there was anything they could do to help. We dropped off some lovely litter picking equipment, and now they have all started doing lunch time litter picks! We are looking forward to planning some bigger litter picking events with the team soon - tasty sweet treats for our hero volunteers have even been promised!

Heysham verges - before and after!

Some brand new 2-minute beach clean boards will shortly find new homes somewhere around the Bay...  With 'integrated' litter pickers, bags and instructions, passers-by can grab some equipment and go on a 2-minute beach clean! A great way of keeping our busy coastal locations clean.

We are also working with some exciting outdoor events companies to plan a sustainable advice pack for the events industry, which will be trialled by different companies in the coming months.

  • Litter collected: 5.7 tonnes
  • Area covered: 240 km
  • Volunteers: 412 volunteers

Tuesday 27 April 2021

As lockdown restrictions begin to ease, our existing volunteers have started to return to the beaches, footpaths and cycleways around Cumbria. We are out and about in socially distanced groups of 6, so do give us a wave if you see us!

We are looking forward to welcoming more volunteers to our beach clean events soon - keep an eye on our website and social media and sign up to our newsletter to find out when you can join us.

We have been continuing to provide litter picking equipment for local communities around the Bay with the support of Parish Councils. Individuals and family bubbles have been able to keep their local areas looking their best throughout lockdown. If you are interested in getting hold of some equipment for your local patch and setting up your own community litter pick group, then please do get in touch.

Our volunteers have started collecting and saving plastic bottle tops which are being turned into plant pots by Precious Plastic in Lancaster. We can’t wait to see some lovely plants growing soon!

We have been providing data to students from Lancaster University to support their study into the impact of PPE on the marine environment around the Bay. This vital study will ensure that the impact of disposal masks and plastic gloves can be properly understood, and that appropriate action can be taken.

If you are out and about on the coast and want to know how to spot coastal pollution, and how to make sure it’s properly dealt with, you can download our costal pollution leaflet here.

  • Litter collected: 4.1 tonnes
  • Area covered: 120 km
  • Volunteers: 314 volunteers

Friday 26 March 2021

With lockdown continuing to put a halt to our usual large beach clean events, our lockdown litter pick campaign has meant that we have been able to continue clearing the beaches, footpaths and cycleways around Morecambe Bay.

We are been providing litter pickers and bag hoops to communities around the Bay, which has meant individuals and family bubbles have been able to keep their local areas looking there best.  If you are interested in getting hold of some equipment for your local patch and setting up your own community litter pick group, then please do get in touch.

We having been expanding and welcoming new litter picking groups that have been busy clearing footpaths, cycleways and canals around the Bay. These groups have cleared an astonishing 1.7 tonnes of rubbish since January this year! Thank you to all our volunteers for this amazing effort.

Cross Bay Walk Events is supporting our bid to make Morecambe Bay free from plastic and rubbish, and is asking all future attendees to come without any single use plastic. We will continue to build relationships with local businesses to support them to use less plastic. 

The LOVEmyBEACH project has funded some 2 min beach clean boards for Cumbria, which will be put in two locations. THese are a great asset to our coastal communities, as they allow visitors and locals to grab a litter picker and do their bit to help look after beaches during their visit!

We are also working with our litter picking partners around the Bay to start to identify “grot spots” and areas that aren’t litter picked regularly and match them with new groups or people who would like to volunteer with us in our bid to clear the Bay of rubbish and plastic.

Running litter pick total - from March 2021:

  • Litter collected:  1.7 tonnes
  • Area covered: 86km

Wednesday 24 February 2021

Here’s a monthly update on our new “Clear the Bay” campaign to rid plastic from Morecambe Bay's shores.  Lockdown number 3 has been continuing to halt our beach care events, but our lockdown litter picks have had some good coverage, and we’ve made some new friends along the way.

The COVID-19 crisis has once again highlighted the benefit of spending time outdoors on our mental and physical health. Lockdown litter picks are a great way of improving your mood, and it’s a fantastic way of giving back to your local community - and wildlife.  After an interview on BBC Radio Lancashire earlier this month, we had some community litter hero’s get in touch and tell us about how they have been clearing their local area during lockdown. We are developing a map of all the litter picks that are happening across the Morecambe Bay area, so we can track what’s happening where, and spot any gaps.

If you want to share your local litter pick with us, then please do get in touch!

We have a new logo for the campaign that you will spot on our social media, and we’ve worked with the LOVEmyBEACH team to develop a leaflet on spotting coastal pollution.  You can download this here.

Running litter pick total - from Feb 2021:

  • Litter collected:  26kg
  • Area covered: 38km

 

Wednesday 13 January 2021

You may remember our all singing, all dancing campaign, back In Autumn 2020, to win votes, amongst international competition, for our new campaign to rid plastic from Morecambe Bay's shores.

Thanks to you, our incredible supporters, the only UK-based project to be shortlisted in the “marine” category of the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) annual funding awards, 'Clear the Bay by Day', secured over 8000 public votes and won the EOCA members’ vote.

We're now seeking to mobilise a growing army of volunteers to rid Morecambe Bay’s beaches, footpaths and cycleways of plastic waste and the pandemic of discarded masks and PPE.

The project kicks off this month (yes, right in the middle of lockdown #3, perfect timing!), and we'll update you each month on the work that has been carried out right here!

There will be ways that you can get involved and hands on as well (in due course...), so be sure to come back and read each month’s instalment.   

Unfortunately, lockdown has brought a halt to any other grand plans we have had for getting our beach care events running again. We have made the decision to prioritise the safety of our volunteers and communities and hold off running any beach clean events for a while.  

Instead, lets focus on 'lockdown litter picks' - can you carry one out whilst out on your daily exercise walk? Spending time outdoors during lockdown is great for improving your mood, and it’s a fantastic way of giving back to your local community - and wildlife! Do send in any pictures of your lockdown litter picks to us, we would love to see them!

 If you are out and about and spot any particular “grot spots” in your local area, please let us know.  We may be able to plan a litter pick there in the future.

We have also been developing resources for people and businesses to help them avoid single use plastic, as well as creating lessons for school classes.  

Running litter pick total - from January 2021:

  • Litter collected: 5.5 kg
  • Area covered: 5km

Sign up if you are interested in getting involved in this project as a volunteer

We warmly welcome donations - without your support we could not carry on.

Please do get in touch if you have any queries.

 

Image: Arnside coast, Nigel Hunter

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