Clean-up time for Swansea beaches
SIXTEEN Swansea beaches are to see a major clean-up this month.
Now that many of the tourists have gone home, Swansea Council's nature network is joining forces with the Marine Conservation Society for its Big Beach Watch event. It takes place on the weekend of September 21 and 22.
Other organisations undertaking beach cleans locally include the Gower Heritage Centre and Mumbles Development Trust.
Beaches taking part include Swansea Bay, Port Eynon, Caswell, Whiteford Sands, Rhossili and Llangennith.
Campaigners say many marine and coastal animals are under threat from the waste and litter in our seas, either because they are accidentally eating or becoming entangled in litter.
Nick Bradley, Swansea Council's cabinet member for regeneration, said: "During the summer we hand litter-pick beaches every day to protect the natural habitat of local wildlife.
"We're also very proud of the fact that four of our beaches have Blue Flag status thanks to the water quality and the services on offer. By working with the Marine Conservation Society we're hoping the Big Beach Watch weekend will turn the spotlight on what the public can do to support our beaches and protect the wildlife habitats of which we're all so proud.
"Our message to visitors throughout the summer and into the winter is always the same — please don't litter our beaches and take your rubbish home with you."
Jo Mullett of the council's nature conservation team said the Big Beach Watch weekend will be an opportunity for people to find out more about and help protect the coast.
She said: "Swansea Bay and Gower are nationally significant for their wildlife and habitats. But people often don't know or appreciate the rich variety of plant and animal life that's available to discover on their doorstep.
"The Big Beach Watch weekend is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and is a great way for people to explore the coastline and improve their understanding about why it's so important to protect habitats by not leaving litter."
Copies of the events programme are available from the Civic Centre and the 360 Beach and Watersports Centre on the seafront opposite St Helen's, as well as Tourist Information Centres in Mumbles and the city centre.
To find out more about the event go to www.mcsuk.org/beachwatch