Volunteer clean up call at South Shields beach

Volunteers are needed at Marsden Bay
Volunteers are needed at Marsden Bay

Two conservation groups are seeking volunteers to help clear one of the best known stretches of coastline in South Tyneside.

The National Trust and Marine Conservation Society (MCS) are planning a clean up at Marsden Bay, South Shields - part of a global movement to turn the tide on marine litter

The event will be taking place on Friday as part of the MCS’s Great British Beach Clean - part of MCS’s wider Beachwatch programme, which aims to clean beaches and supply data to a survey highlighting the issues of beach litter around the UK’s coastline.

National Trust ranger at Souter Lighthouse and The Leas and local Great British Beach Clean organiser Dougie Holden said: “We would like to see lots of volunteers lend a hand to make this clean-up of Marsden Bay beach the biggest yet.”

“The tide of litter washing up on our shores is not just unpleasant to look at, it can harm and even kill some of our best-loved marine wildlife.

“Plastic packaging and discarded fishing nets also injure, entangle and drown some of Britain’s favourite marine animals, including seals and dolphins. We want people to come down to on and take part in an event that will not only make the beaches look great for visitors to Marsden Bay, but will also help the Marine Conservation Society identify where the litter comes and try to stop it at source.”

To join the clean up at Marsden Bay, meet at 12.45pm at Minchella’s ice-cream kiosk at the bottom of Redwell Bank.

Go to www.mcsuk.org to find out more and sign up online or call 0191 529 3161 for details.