The subject of marine conservation is a huge one, and for places like Fleetwood that live hand-in-hand with the seas, it’s a subject that many people care about and get involved with.
Fleetwood has miles of beautiful coastline, stretching round the peninsula, past the docks and into the mouth of the River Wyre, with golden sands and dunes fronting the shoreline.
A lot of work goes into keeping it clean and tidy, a lot of which is unseen by utility companies and public agencies, the aim of which is to look after the sea and the beach and keep it a clean environment for wildlife and people to enjoy.
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. 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.
Of course beach care and conservation doesn’t start and stop at litter and what the beach looks like. There are practical reasons why it 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 that they then starve to death.
Our shoreline and beach is a wonderful and precious resource that we should all look after and then enjoy. Take a look around this section and join in when you can!
Fleetwood Beach Clean
Recording rubbish on a Fleetwood Clean Up