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Litter picking heroes

Find out about the work of our wonderful volunteer litter pickers as well as how you can lend a hand on your own patch.

Join in and help clear the Bay's beaches

We have a fantastic team of litter picking volunteers around Cumbria, who work hard to keep our beaches, footpaths and cycleways clear of plastic and other rubbish. We have cleared over 65 tonnes of rubbish over the past 17 years and have been working work hard to ensure that we turn the tide on pandemic of plastic that blights our shores. We have lot of litter picking groups throughout the area, so if you want to join in and lend a hand, then please register as a volunteer and we will match you with your closest bunch. Below you will find the monthly update from the team.

July update

We’ve had a busy old month so far, with lots of exciting developments in the project. We started this month by doing a school beach clean with Brougton-in-Furness Primary at Haverigg beach. The children loved grabbing litter picking equipment and did a sterling job of clearing the beach, and around the café and park. They also learnt about things they could do at home to protect the beach, like using less plastic and only flushing the 3p’s down the toilet (pee, poo and paper). Covid restrictions have meant that it’s been a really long time since we’ve been able to get out and about with schools, so it was lovely for us and them!

We also had our first litter pick with a business this year. We joined Freedom Confectionary for a big beach clean in Morecambe. The Carnforth Wombles came along and we cleared 10 bags of litter from the area. Freedom Confectionary provide all the volunteers with lots of tasty treats. An artist that was painting the view on Morecambe Prom was so impressed with our work that she painted us a beautiful landscape and gifted it to one of our volunteers.

We have found homes for our new 2 min beach clean boards. We dropped the first one off at Haverigg beach café, and the other one will be going to its new home at the Roundhouse in Walney soon. If you fancy doing your own little mini beach clean, head over and grab a litter picker and one of our reusable bags and you can help out the community and wildlife by taking part.

If you are keen to help out on a beach clean - why not come along? Fill out a volunteer enquiry form and we'll let you know how to join our events. If you're interested in hearing more of our news, please sign up to newsletter to stay up to date.

Running totals:

  • Litter collected: 6.4 tonnes
  • Area covered: 450 km
  • Volunteers: 502 volunteers

litter picking with Freedom Confectionery
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June update

Our litter picking volunteers around Cumbria have been back out on force clearing some grot spots around the Bay. The Carnforth Wombles did a fantastic job of clearing the woods and by the river and have also been busy clearing some spots around Heysham. Great work all!

There was an interesting find up at Allonby when one of the beach clean groups found a dried-out Thornback Ray. The group also managed to clear a fantastic 15 bags of rubbish from the beach.

We have been busy handing out some lovely new equipment to our new and existing groups to expand the litter picking army onto footpaths, cycleways and canals in a bid to make Morecambe Bay plastic free from mountain to sea.

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.

We still need a home for one of our new 2-minute beach clean. They have '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. Please do get in touch if you have a suggestion of where it should go- we would love to hear from you.

Running totals:

  • Litter collected: 6.3 tonnes
  • Area covered: 380 km
  • Volunteers: 479 volunteers

““ I have always loved walking on the wonderful beaches around Morecambe Bay, but was so saddened to see so many disposable masks and other rubbish appear as a result of the COVID pandemic. It has been great to get out there and clear beaches and footpaths. It gives me a great sense of achievement, plus it’s pretty fun as well!”

Ross Cousins
Volunteer Litter Picker

May update

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 newlsetter 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!

“"It's wonderful to be working with Morecambe Bay Partnership to help them clear the beaches around Morecambe. We are a proud to be doing are bit to help the local community and wildlife"”

Chelsey Needham
Freedom Confectionary

April update

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 with us.

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 on the LOVEmyBEACH website

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

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March update

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

February update

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 on the LOVEmyBEACH website.

Running litter pick total - from Feb 2021:

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

January update

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
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