The Big Beach Clean-Up 11-13 May

As we all know, litter on our beaches and in our seas is a major hazard to wildlife, and to people.  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.

We all have a part to play in turning the tide on litter, but it can be difficult to know where to start.  The Marine Conservation Society, in partnership with Marks and Spencer, has just launched a new initiative which you can take part in.

The Big Beach Clean-Up is a new event run which is taking place at locations up and down the country over the weekend of 11-13 May.  The weekend will see thousands of people take to the beach to help turn the tide on marine litter.

And, as part of its Forever Fish partnership, Marks and Spencer will be giving a £5 off a £25 spend voucher to those on the beach who have pre-registered.

The event will be a fun day out for all the family, giving you the chance to meet other like-minded families, listen to a talk by a Marine Conservation Society expert, and have a free BBQ lunch courtesy of M&S!

During the MCS Beachwatch Big Weekend, which took place in September last year, 142km of UK beaches were cleaned by volunteers of all ages just like you, and they collected a whopping 2,177 bin bags of rubbish in just four days.  Some rather unusual items were found, including a plastic skeleton, a portable toilet, and a Smarties tube from the 1970s!

Unfortunately, over the 18 years the MCS has been conducting beach cleans and surveys, there has been an increase in the amount of litter recorded, with plastic being the main culprit, making up a staggering 60% of last year's findings.

Plastic is the most harmful substance to marine life as it takes so long to break down, and when it eventually does so it becomes easily ingestible particles which then make their way into our food chain, as well as destroying marine species.

That's where you and Marks and Spencer come in!  Thanks to all the amazing effort put in by MCS volunteers, the 2011 survey shows a slight reduction in beach litter compared to 2010, and they are hoping 2012 will see that trend continue!

If the Big Beach Clean-Up is something you would be willing to help with, you can find more information and sign up to take part HERE.  You can also find a huge assortment of fun educational games and factsheets, fantastic resources for children at home and at school, here.

See you at the beach!

And don't forget to enter our competitions!


  1. What a great idea and something the children can get involved in too. Are there gloves etc provided? As our council provides these sorts of things when we do a community litter pick.

    1. I believe so. I think they have everythign we could need. Definitely a fab idea, thanks for your comment.

  2. Great idea. I'm gonna look into organising one for our local beach

  3. thanks for sharing this wonderful venture via the Britmums green roundup. Reading around your blog it seems we have a lot in common - attachment parenting (although my baby is 11 now!) home edding, non vax etc so I'm thrilled to meet you :)

    1. You too! I've only had a quick look at your blog so far, need to find time for a proper read.


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