Citizen Scientists Required for Tyne to Tees Great British Beach Clean 2021
SeaScapes, the UK’s first marine landscape partnership scheme to be funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, is sending out a call to action for local residents and businesses to give up a few hours of their time to volunteer and take part in the Marine Conservation Society's Great British Beach Clean 2021.
Thie week-long citizen science event runs from Friday 17 - Sunday 26 September 2021, during which hundreds of beach cleans will take place across the UK. Organisers at each local event also collect litter data, which they feed into the International Coastal Clean-up (ICC) as well as driving all-important marine conservation work.
North East England’s coastline attracts thousands of visitors and is enjoyed by local residents every year, but the litter left behind has a devastating impact on marine ecosystems and their inhabitants.
To combat the ever-growing threat to our planet that is posed by polluted oceans, the ‘Tyne to Tees, Shores and Seas: SeaScapes Partnership’, is running a series of local activities during the national effort. Led by Durham County Council, the SeaScapes project consists of a consortium of partners united in their collective mission to influence support and increase protection of our sea and coastline.
Karen Daglish, SeaScapes Delivery Manager, said: 'Thanks to passionate, local volunteers we are able to take action to tackle our ocean crisis. Every individual, family or group taking part in our beach clean events, surveys and litter picks plays a part in a bigger shift in mindsets as we protect and restore our ocean.'
The SeaScapes Project team will be hosting a number of beach cleans over the next two weekends, and there is still time to get signed up and get involved. Great British Beach Clean events are listed as follows:
- 18 September, 10am - 11.30am: Seaham Hall beach, more info here
- 18 September, 12.30pm - 2pm: Red Acre Beach, Seaham, more info here
- 19 September, 10am - 12pm: Blackhall Rocks Beach, more info here
- 25 September, 10am - 2pm: GBBC plus the Big Seaweed Search at Roker Pier, Sunderland, more info here
- 25 September, 11am,:The Coast Project, Roker Village Beach, Sunderland, more info here
- 25 September, 10am - 12pm: Crimdon Beach, Hartlepool, more info here
Please get in touch if you’d like to arrange for a crew to join the beach clean.
For more information about SeaScapes and how to get involved in understanding more about the North East's shores and seas, visit www.exploreseascapes.co.uk, follow SeaScapes @tynetotees on Instagram and Twitter, and check out the team's Facebook page.