The aspect of the beach and rocky shore at Overton Mere means it accumulates a vast amount of marine debris in a short period of time.
Beach cleaning here is an ongoing, almost continual operation with effort from locals, visitors and Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales (WTSWW) staff and volunteers. The local team try to organise three or four big clean ups each year.
The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales' Living Seas Wales project is ongoing but the beach clean on the 1st October was coordinated to coincide with the Marine Clean Cymru campaign being run by Keep Wales Tidy and happened to take place shortly after some of the highest tides of the year which deposited material far higher up the beach than usual.
A local team of 8 staff from Dwr Cymru volunteered their time along with the usual WTSWW volunteers and staff.
A big thanks to all, they brought an unprecedented level of enthusiasm to the clean up.
In 2 ½ hours 3401 individual pieces of debris were collected including 2063 pieces of plastic large and small, 918 pieces of polystyrene or foam and over 100 straws from cotton buds.
Marine Clean Cymru is a beach clean campaign being run by Keep Wales Tidy during the four weeks between 20th Sept & 20th October, they are coordinating events all along our coast and we are supporting them on another beach clean at Overton Mere on Sunday 19th October.
The next big beach clean at Overton Mere is planned for Thursday 12th December, join us!
Contact Paul Thornton for more information