Clean Seas Please are returning! We are coming back to the beach, but with a change…
We will be working with Strandliners, a local marine environment group founded by Andy Dinsdale in 2012 and becoming a community interest company in 2018.
Their experience involves pollution monitoring and surveying along the coast from the River Cuckmere in the west to Dungeness in the east, and from Pett Level and Camber Sands on Rye Bay, up the River Rother to Brede and beyond. Their focus is community engagement and citizen science – everyone can make a difference! With over 700 subscribers, many enthusiastic volunteers, and a skilled and dedicated core team who have trained with the United Nations Environment Programme on marine litter, Strandliners are able to go beyond beach cleaning.
Andy says, “We are thrilled to be able to continue the work of Rother Voluntary Action’s ‘Clean Seas Please’ project, continuing its expanding activity and commitment to environmental protection. This new collaboration is an exciting opportunity to partner with other community and ecological groups, working together to discover and raise awareness about Rother district’s amazing coastal environment.“
Strandliners also focus on identifying debris on the shoreline – what it is and where it comes from. Plastic pollution is not just removed but is sorted, identified, and recorded – the data being collated with global organisations such as the Marine Conservation Society and ‘Break Free From Plastic’. Information is also used locally to create awareness that making simple changes can help keep our wonderful beaches clean – safe for people and marine creatures.
If anyone wishes to find out about other Strandliners beach events, please visit the Strandliners website and subscribe to the monthly news sheet (you can opt out at any time!) for events along the Rother coastline.
Events coming up soon…
We have special training events coming up for all beach users and sea swimmers – learn how to identify how clean the sea is from what is washing up. We will be exploring what washes up, where it comes from and how to take steps to reduce the impact.
Friday 25th February, 7pm to 9pm at a local Bexhill venue – to book please email email@example.com
Saturday 26th March, 10am to 12noon at a local Bexhill venue – to book please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 26th March, 2pm to 4pm on the beach at the Colonnade by the De La Warr – to book please email email@example.com
Andy on a particularly windy day!
"My interest in plastic pollution all started with a chance find of a very special treasure on the beach - a sea bean, a seed that had travelled all the way from Tropical America on the Atlantic Ocean currents!"