Our friends at Keep Wales Tidy are looking for your help to remove plastics and other litter from beaches and inland waterways. Here’s more information about their ‘All Wales Beach Clean’.

“Marine litter poses a growing threat to our aquatic and coastal environment. Up to 12.7m tonnes of plastic enters the world’s oceans every year, with some scientists predicting that by 2050 the quantity of plastics in the oceans will weigh more than the fish.

To show the rest of the world that Wales is rising to the challenge of tackling marine pollution we’re organising an ambitious new clean-up campaign, the All Wales Beach Clean (14-30 September). Working with partners including the Marine Conservation Society and National Trust, we’re aiming to clean up every public beach in Wales.

And because the issue of marine litter isn’t just relevant to coastal communities – in fact, 80% is from land-based sources –we’re also targeting rivers and other watercourses. Lakes, streams and rivers almost always discharge into our seas in one way or another, and the smallest piece of litter thrown in a river miles inland can potentially end up in the sea, posing a risk to marine life. Therefore, under this campaign, we will strive to include any inland watercourse that willing volunteers would like to clean up. Please see the Keep Wales Tidy website for more information about how to get involved.

We would love to have your support with the All Wales Beach Clean. Take a look at our map here to see what beaches need your help and contact our All Wales Beach Clean team for further information (events@keepwalestidy.cymru)

Together we can make a real and lasting difference to our marine environment.”