Watch out for the big clean-up

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VOLUNTEERS are being recruited to spruce up Northumberland’s beaches.

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) will hold its annual Beachwatch Big Weekend again next month as part of the International Coastal Cleanup, which takes place in 80 countries.

The event will see thousands of volunteers take to beaches all around the UK coast to clean up litter and record all of the rubbish they find.

Previous results have shown that beach litter has almost doubled over the past 15 years and last year rubbish levels at UK beaches jumped an alarming six per cent up on the previous year.

The rubbish poses serious risks to marine life as hundreds of species accidentally eat the waste or become tangled in it. Litter can also be hazardous to people.

Now the MCS is appealing for volunteers to come forward to take part in the beach clean over the weekend of September 17 and 18, and to organise local clean-up events.

Beachwatch Officer Lauren Davis said: “Right now, we’re especially on the lookout for people who can help us organise a beach clean in the area and anyone can simply volunteer to take part.

“From personal experience of organising regular beach cleans, the day can be really inspiring and fun, come rain or shine. It’s great to have the help of so many enthusiastic locals of all ages, who are clearly passionate about getting involved and improving their local marine environment.”

Anyone who registers as a Beachwatch Big Weekend volunteer by Sunday, September 4 will be entered into a draw for the chance to win an adventure weekend, a day out at an aquarium or an annual subscription to Coast magazine.

For more information visit www.mcsuk.org/beachwatch or call 01989 566017.