Collecting rubbish in 2009

We had a great time cleaning the beach at Trimley St. Mary nature reserve last year so we’re heading back again next month on Saturday 18 September. This year we are making it bigger and better with support from Ipswich and Felixstowe scout groups. Read on for the details on how to join in the swashbuckling fun and the booty that you stand a chance of winning if you get involved.

When: Saturday 18 September, any time between 10:00 and 16:00.

How: Just turn up on the day and get stuck in – bring a picnic to make a day of it and light refreshments available too. Children and dogs are both welcome under adult supervision. If you want to take part in the theme of the event you can dress as a pirate – this is of course optional!

Where: The beach that we’ve adopted is a 2.5 mile stretch from Fagbury Point, along the Orwell shoreline adjacent to the  Suffolk Wildlife Trust Trimley Marsh nature reserve up to Loompit Lake. Parking at Cordys Lane, IP11 0UD.  See treasure map for details. A minibus will be available at the car park to take you to the reserve.

Why: Beachwatch is a national campaign run by the Marine Conservation Society. Some of our best-loved marine wildlife is under threat from the waste and litter in our seas. Hundreds of species of marine wildlife accidentally eat or become tangled up in litter. In addition to harming wildlife, litter on our beaches is hazardous to people and costs millions to clear up.

The coast is a major feature for Suffolk, attracting many visitors and locals. It is also very sensitive to climate change, erosion and other environmental factors, especially pollution.  Beachwatch 2010 is part of our social responsibility and community engagement programme to raise awareness and take action on local environmental issues.

Prizes: Tickets for the Ipswich Town hospitality box, SeaFrance Ferry tickets and Suffolk Wildlife Trust Badger Watch sessions are up for grabs.

If you are able to help advertise the event please use our 2010 poster. For further information or enquiries to volunteer and help with the running of the event then please contact Andrew Cassy at adastral.betterworld@bt.com