The Turning Tides Parternship and LOVEmyBEACH in conjunction with Keep Britain Tidy are calling for people visiting the
coast over Easter to help protect beaches, oceans and wildlife by taking their
litter home or disposing of it responsibly.
Following on from last year's catastrophic scenes
of litter on the North West's beaches following the easing of lock down
restrictions, a North West environment group is calling on visitors to act
responsibly when they come to the coast over Easter.
The Turning Tides Partnership and LOVEmyBEACH, a
Keep Britain Tidy project, is calling on local residents and visitors from
further afield such as Manchester and Liverpool to treat the coastline with
care and respect over the Easter holidays and when Covid restrictions ease on
Plastic waste alone kills over a million seabirds
every year, along with 100,000 sea mammals, turtles and fish every year and the
majority of this comes from inland.
Zephie Begolo, Campaign Manager for LOVEmyBEACH,
commented: "Last year we saw a huge influx of people flocking to the coast
when restrictions eased and when the weather improved. While we are happy that
more people than ever are accessing our beautiful coast and making the most of
the benefits of getting out in nature, we ask that people ensure that they
leave it as they found it.
"More people than ever came to the coast last
year, but this also meant more litter. This not only makes the beach less
appealing and safe for visitors, but it also causes harm to the delicate
ecosystems along the coast and the wildlife that inhabit them. People can take
simple steps to help prevent this environmental damage."
The Turning Tides Partnership, LOVEmyBEACH and Keep
Britain Tidy ask that people follow these steps:
Keep Britain Tidy Deputy CEO Richard McIlwain said:
"Running parallel to the pandemic, we also witnessed another epidemic last
year - that of littering in green and blue spaces. 30 million tonnes of litter
is dropped in the UK every year, with some 70% of litter that ends up in the
ocean coming from inland. It is critical that people take the steps we
recommend to protect our beautiful coastline and wildlife as well as protecting
the beaches so that everyone can enjoy them for generations to come."
Part of the Keep Britain Tidy Familly
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