The Beach Clean Project


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In 2006, a UNEP study estimated 1 million seabirds die from mistaking plastic for food every year as well as around 100,000 sea mammals. The increase in plastic, namely plastic bags and bottles, are the main cause of environmental damage to our beaches.

We have decided to tackle this issue by taking matters into our own hands! To make an impact on the beaches on our doorstep, here in Cornwall, we would love for you to join us on this unique volunteering opportunity.

You may have been to beach cleans before but we’re hoping to make ours a bit different! 

And it's not just beach cleans! River cleans, plastic trawls and plastic repurposing events are just a few things that we've got going so far, and even running workshops to repurpose some of the things we find when we go out on cleans. We've even won a national award for our beach cleaning efforts!

You can help to keep Cornwall clean whilst gaining experience in data collection with our very own surveys, enjoy some exciting guest speakers and socials. We have a few local partnerships (Beach Care, SAS, AK Wildlife Cruises and Big Blue Ocean Cleanup to name but a few) who we’ll be working closely with, so this could open many more doors for the project and for you. This project is open to all students on all courses, as well as local people with a passion for coasts. Keep up to date with our events on our Facebook page.

Project Leaders: Emily Gilford, Rhiannon Akhurst, Katie Tamin, Brooke Fanson and Gethin Jenkins-Jones.


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Sat 21st March

SU MarineWatch Plastic Trawl Collaboration
21st March 11am - 3:30pm
Join us for a MarineWatch collaboration on a boat trip with Captain Keith, looking for marine life while trawling for plastics!



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Committee Elections

The Beach Clean Project Elections 2020/21

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5 posts are up for election.

Nominations close at 13:00 on Friday 6 March 2020 (in 12 days)

The polls open at 14:00 on Friday 6 March 2020 (in 12 days)

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