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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
you would like to join Rotary Club of Alloway, then come and meet at
Longhill Point car park at 9 am.
to wear warm clothing and stout footwear, and bring your camera to
take pictures of all those discarded bottles.
make a difference!