St Annes beach, looking southwards
String and balloon ribbon
It's important to look after this wild and natural resource for the wildlife who live there and the people who use it - for today's generations and for those of the future.
Litter and pollution can be a problem, and local authorities, utility companies, community groups and the general public all work together to do what they can to clean up this precious resource.
With winds as strong as they can be on this coast, there is clearly an amount of litter that gets blown into the water and onto the beaches and river. A small amount is dropped by the general public, but by any means the most of it is washed up from the seas.
A litter pick collects all manner of material, including the oddest of things like toilet seats, car tyres, and even Christmas trees. By far and away the most common things are drinking straws, bottle tops, the little plastic sticks off cotton buds, sanitary products and disposable lighters.
There are practical reasons why litter should be removed too. For example, the string from balloon releases, rope and fishing line gets tangled around birds legs, wings and around fish and mammals, who then can’t feed themselves, starve and die. The plastic that is ground down into small pieces and floating in the water looks like jellyfish to fish, mammals and birds, who eat it and collect a stomach full of plastic which means they then starve to death.
Our shoreline and beach is a wonderful and precious resource that we should all look after and then enjoy. Have a look round this section to find out more.
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