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Thanks to a small band of BT volunteers we were able to assist over 100 scouts and other local volunteers to litter pick at our adopted Trimley Marsh estuary beach alongside the SWT reserve.

BT Volunteering duties included: manning the car park (Mittal Patel, Claire Mackinder & Afolabi Agbede shown in picture), driving the BT minibus (Ian Buxton, Alan Ritson, Louise Williamson) and assisting with the litter pick (Mark Mackinder, Carol Staunton & Noosha Richardson). Plus lots of other support from our partners: Ipswich & Felixstowe Scouts, Suffolk Wildlife Trust, Suffolk Coast & Heaths, Trimley Estates and all the other people who took part.

Wheelie bin and other rubbish collected

This years unusual finds included a crushed blue wheelie bin, gas canister, racing car tyre and safety hats. In all around a tonne of waste was recovered from the foreshore. As usual, most of the litter is plastic based which doesn’t bio-degrade, but eventually breaks down in to smaller and smaller pieces, sometimes over 100’s of years, which can then be injested by the fish and marine life.

Message in a bottle

And finally, the SWT wardens also found two seperate bottles with letters from Holland (see picture). The translation of the letter shown is between two girls and says ”

Dear Floor,

Ships sail to and fro
I think of you,
(I) throw my bottle in the sea
and (I) let my words
go to you
through the water (of the seas)

 Love from Sanne

” ( Thanks to Clazien Wezeman for the translation)

All in all another very successful and satisfying event. Join us next year, Saturday 21 September 2013, to help make an even bigger impact.

Following the success of previous years and a good weather forecast we are hoping for an excellent turn out for our fourth annual Beachwatch litter pick event.

Volunteers are urgently needed for just a couple of hours to help litter pick, car park management or (BT) minibus drivers. Family and friends are welcome to join in too. Wear suitable clothes with sturdy shoes and gloves, all other litter equipment will be provided.

WHEN: Saturday 15 September, from 10am – 4pm

WHERE: Suffolk Wildlife Trust, Trimley Marsh site (access via Station Road / Cordy Lane, Trimley St Mary, IP11 0UD) – see map

For the past two years we have hosted the largest single beachwatch event in the UK, collecting over a ton of rubbish thanks to the help of over 160 volunteers – mostly from the local Ipswich & Felixstowe scout groups.  This year we plan to do even more.

For further details email Andrew Cassy, CSR Champion, andrew.cassy@bt.com

Thanks to the support from BT, Ipswich & Felixstowe Scouts, Marine Conservation Society, Suffolk Coast & Heaths, Suffolk Wildlife Trust and the Trimley Estate.

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