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Help clean up Victoria Road Beach, Formby and be part of global movement

Help clean up Victoria Road Beach, Formby and be part of global movement turning the tide on marine litter.

Local Marine Conservation Society volunteers need your help to ensure local beaches remain clean and safe for all.

Victoria Road Beach, Formby (National Trust property) will be receiving a thorough clean on Friday 13th of April 2018 as part of Beachwatch, the Marine Conservation Society’s (MCS) beach clean and litter survey which aims to highlight the issues of beach litter around the UK’s coastline.

Local Beachwatch organiser, Andy Laverick from Formby, says I would like to see more volunteers than ever before lend a hand to make this latest clean of the biggest yet. The event takes place on Friday 13th of April 2018, starting at 10:00, and it promises to be a fun and informative social occasion.

“The tide of litter washing up on our shores is not just unpleasant to look at; it can harm and even kill some of our best-loved marine wildlife. Over 170 species including seabirds, turtles and whales have mistaken marine litter for food and actually eaten it, which in many cases has resulted in starvation, poisoning and ultimately a slow, painful death” says Andy Laverick. “Plastic packaging and discarded fishing nets also injure entangle and drown some of Britain’s favourite marine animals, including seals and dolphins.”

MCS surveys have recorded a steady increase in the amount of beach litter since 1994. The four main sources of litter found on UK beaches come from the public, fishing, sanitary waste (particularly cotton bud sticks) and shipping.

“We want people to come down to Victoria Road Beach, Formby on Friday 13th of April 2018, and take part in an event that will not only make the beach look great for visitors, but will also help MCS identify where the litter comes and try to stop it at source

Volunteers can register online at or they can contact me on

MCS Beachwatch results are vital in turning the tide on litter. They have helped influence changes to laws on the disposing of waste at sea, and resulted in investment in better sewage treatment at the coast. Local beach cleans like the one at all help towards highlighting this serious issue.

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