BT Adastral Park adopted this stretch of estuary in 2009 through the Marine Conservation Society for our contribution towards the international beach watch litter pick. Each year has seen more volunteers take part and recovered more flotsam and debris which would otherwise build up, causing a threat to wildlife and spoiling our local natural environment – the 2013 event surpasssed all our previous records with 180 volunteers collecting 700Kg of rubbish from the foreshore.
During 2010 , 2011 and again in 2013 we have probably been the largest single Beachwatch event in the UK, collecting over 1.5 tonne of litter each with upto 180 volunteers – mostly the local scouts who help to run the event and earn their community & environment team badges. Even the bad weather start to 2014 didn’t dampen the mood that much either, as we ended up with 108 volunteers this year, recovering another staggering amount of detritus from the environment and out of harms way for the wildlife. Since 2012 we’ve also started to find messages in a bottle, which all add to the fun and intrigue of what we find.
Most of the rubbish we have recovered is either wood or plastic items, the latter taking hundreds of years to gradually disintegrate.
Over the years some of our more unusual finds have included:
- a gas canisters
- a portable TV (2009)
- an aeroplane wheel (2011)
- plastic human skeleton (2010)
- plastic table & chairs
- two messages in a bottle (2012 & again in 2014)
- a brown wheelie bin (2012)
- sleeping bag and pillow (2013)
- harbour porpoise skull (2013)
- muntjac deer doe skull, including part of spine (2013)
- socks, sponge, wax candle, part of a car bumper (2013)
- an unused but very wet flare (2014)
- a cabin box (2014)
- a complete, unbroken 4ft fluorescent tube (2014)
- and always lots of rat catcher boards from the docks.
Our success would not be possible without the support from Suffolk Wildlife Trust, Trimley Estates, Suffolk Coast & Heaths, Suffolk Coastal Services waste collection and the Orwell District scouts, along with the BT volunteers and MCS. So a BIG THANKS to all who have helped to make a real difference in this corner of Suffolk.
For further details contact Steve Mitchell.
Picture montage from previous events
Further details, photos, and lots more available on the SWT Trimley Marsh facebook page and keep an eye out for us in some of the Suffolk Coast publications too.