2 Volunteers remove a tyre from a local beach Spring 2016

Would you like to volunteer to keep our local beaches clean? Meet at Longhill Point car park.

On the morning of 1st April 2017, 5 local Rotary Clubs from Girvan, Alloway, Ayr, Prestwick and Troon will be joining forces and removing litter from our local beaches. 19 miles along the coast from Girvan to Troon, the volunteers will be clearing the beaches in preparation for the upcoming summer season.


This year we are helping with the Marine Conservation Society’s “Wild Bottle Sighting” nationwide survey. The Marine Conservation Society are delighted to have input from such a massive Beach Clean, and have asked our helpers to tot up a bottle count for each beach, and send in as many photos of bottles on the beach as possible - piles of them! This is our personal chance to do something about it - and we would invite as many people as possible to join us in this massive environmental clean-up. Plastic bottles are the scourge of our beaches and probably make up about 60-70% of all our beach clean rubbish.


Since the Beach Cleans started, our combined efforts have made a huge difference, with a massive reduction of 40% in the litter found on Ayrshire beaches over the past ten years. On our regular beaches there has been a great reduction in litter. In 2016 around our volunteers collected 624 bags. With fewer storms this winter, we’ll hope for less in 2017. Over 10 years we’ve collected7400 bags.


Around 250 volunteers turned out last year. Each year we have had great support from Scouts and Cubs, youth clubs, schools, college students, OIR, walking groups, friends and neighbours. We now have a large number of “regulars” who turn up every year, and also a generous group of farmers and caravan park owners who kindly volunteer to cart bags of rubbish from remote beaches to pick-up points for collection by South Ayrshire Council.

 

          We welcome anyone interested in a few hours of fun, gentle exercise in the fresh air - and lots of satisfaction - cleaning up our lovely coastline along the route of the Ayrshire Coastal Path. Please come along and join us at 9 am on Saturday 1st April (9am-12noon) equipped with gardenning gloves, or Marigolds, warm clothing and stout footwear. South Ayrshire Council will supply an unlimited suply of black bags, and a limited number of litter tongs.

The beaches include Girvan, Dipple, Turnberry, north Croy Bay, Dunure to Heads of Ayr, Heads of Ayr to River Doon, River Doon to Blackburn Car Park, Newton to Bentfield Point, Bentfield Point to Pow Burn, and Pow Burn to Barassie.


If you would like to join Rotary Club of Alloway, then come and meet at Longhill Point car park at 9 am.


Remember to wear warm clothing and stout footwear, and bring your camera to take pictures of all those discarded bottles.


Let’s make a difference!


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