Beachwatch 2014

 

Thunderous Start

Thunderous Start

 

Our fifth year started, and nearly finished the day, with a BANG. The early morning thunder didn’t dampen the spirit of the Orwell & District Scout + BT Volunteers, nor did the recovery of an unused but wet flare put off our litter pickers.

Despite a slower than usual start, we welcomed 108 volunteers throughout the day who took part in our annual Beachwatch litter pick. Thanks to their combined effort we extracted a similar amount of detritus to previous years, now safely retrieved from the environment and out of harms way for the wildlife.

 

The unusual finds this year included ….

Message in a bottle

Message in a bottle

  • an unused (but very wet) Flare
  • a plastic seat top
  • wooden cabin box
  • plastic boat bow
  • loads of rat catcher boards
  • a complete, unbroken 4ft fluorescent tube
  • two more messages in a bottle – one from Languard Fort (other side of the docks) from 2010, the other foreign and wet so not yet deciphered

 

As ever, we are most grateful to the team of organisers and supporters who help to make this event possible, in alphabetical order:

  • BT Volunteers, for driving the mini-bus & organising the day
    + financial contribution for some more litter pick equipment;
  • Marine Conservation Society, for their annual event and resources;
  • Orwell & District Scouts, for many hands and logistics (we couldn’t sustain this event without you);
  • Suffolk Coast & Heaths, for loaning all the litter kit & support;
  • Suffolk Coastal Service (SCS), waste collection services for pooling resources with SC&H and then collecting the litter afterwards;
  • Suffolk Wildlife Trust, for access to the site, use of the Hut and constant tea & coffee;
  • Trimley Estates, for access and overflow car park.

2014 selection of shots… more also available via Scouts, SWT and SC&H…

Photographs all (c) Andrew Cassy (except the last group image from SC&H), can be used if acknowledged.