Litter on our beaches is unsightly and poses a huge threat to our marine wildlife. Sussex Wildlife Trust organises regular beach cleans for the public as well as for corporate groups to help keep our beaches clean and protect our wonderful local marine and coastal wildlife.
Ultimately, a change in the way products are manufactured, packaged and stored - and indeed a reform in recycling processes - is needed to 'turn off the tap' of the plastic which is causing damage to our environment. These changes need to come from big business and government.
Although beach cleans are not the answer to the problem, they are a great way to make a small difference and look after our local patch. Beach cleans are also a great way to get outdoors, enjoy nature, and meet other like-minded volunteers. It's also a great team-building opportunity and provides environmental education for work parties.
By undertaking a litter survey, we can also collect valuable information about the litter found on our beaches. This information can be used to influence businesses, council and the government - information is power! All of our beach cleans include a litter survey; our data is sent to the Marine Conservation Society's Beachwatch database - the most influential fight against marine litter in the UK.
Beach Clean newsletter 2019-20
Please watch this space for upcoming beach cleans. Our beach cleans are open to the public to join, however numbers are limited per event and we do not accept large groups or corporate work parties. Please see below if you would like to arrange a bespoke event for your organisation.
**Now that Sussex Wildlife Trust small group volunteering is able to resume, we will soon be posting provisional dates for our 2021 summer beach cleans so please keep an eye on this page. Bookings for our beach cleans will be via EventBrite, more details will be made available when we post the dates.**
Please contact Julia Hoare to book onto any events: [email protected]
Corporate Events and Work Parties
We are happy to arrange a bespoke beach clean event for your organisation through our Work For Wildlife scheme. To enquire, please contact Louise Collins on 01273 497522, or click here for further information.
**Our beach clean events for work parties are currently on hold due to Covid-19; we are currently working towards recommencing our beach cleaning programme in a safe and covid-secure manner. If you would like to register your interested in a work party beach clean, please contact Louise Collins as above, who will contact you when we are able to accept formal bookings**
Other opportunities to get involved with beach cleaning activities:
- 2-Minute Beach Clean
- Pier2Pier Beach Cleaning
- The Deans Volunteers
- Surfers Against Sewage
- Marine Conservation Society
- Clean Seas Please (Bexhill & Hastings)