This week saw the launch of the 2 minute beach clean for my local sandy beach – Whitmore Bay at Barry Island. I’m so pleased to see a great positive action being taken on litter on a beach that’s accessible for so many people based in South East Wales. Not only will it have a positive impact here, it will hopefully impact on many other communities who follow suit, both with beaches and without.
What is it?
If you’ve not seen one of the boards before, they have a wealth of information on the benefits of doing the beach clean, and have gloves and litter pickers to make picking even easier. The campaign is based around the principle of a lot of small actions building up to have a big impact. Removing rubbish from our beaches prevents it being swept out to sea, which means plastics won’t break down to micro plastics, single use items won’t be ingested by our marine mammals and dangerous items will not make it into the natural environment. The board in Barry will be located opposite Marco’s Cafe.
I had the pleasure of being on a beach last year with a board, in Croyde Bay – Devon, and it was amazing what a difference it was to some of the seaside resort beaches I’ve witnessed before. No plastic bottles or crisp packets blowing about, everyone walking bare foot across the sand. And a real wealth of wildlife on the shoreline – pollinators, birds, and further out to sea, seals! It was great to see locals and visitors alike getting together to protect an environment they wanted to enjoy.
I’m excited to visit Barry Island and see what impact this has had, and to get involved to make this project a success! Barry is a great place to see wildlife, especially in spring and summer when the wildflower are in full swing and there is a plethora of pollinators making the most of the bounty.
To find out more about the 2 minute beach clean campaign, visit here.