On Sunday 15 April, 10 student volunteers from student group V Team spent their morning taking part in Beachwatch, the UK’s biggest beach clean up and survey. Organised by the Marine Conservation Society, the group joined over 178 other volunteers at Sand Bay in Weston-Super-Mare to do their part in caring for the coastline.
The Marine Conservation Society are gathering invaluable data through the nationwide beach cleans which will be used for their annual survey. This is the fifth year V Team have taken part in Beachwatch; volunteers spent their morning litter picking, as well as recording all of the items found to contribute to the survey.
Adomas Puzelevicious, V Team volunteer said “I would constantly hear news about different surveys that are taking part around the UK and how impactful their results are.”
“When I was told that there was a chance to take a survey and help the Marine Conservation Society to gather data about the waste that is found on the beaches, I signed up straight away”.
“Not only did I have the chance to work outside in the fresh air, but I also had the opportunity to get to know people and most importantly – be a part of this big research!”
The work carried out by V Team and the rest of the volunteers will play a vital part in the fight against marine litter in the UK.
Harriet Robins from the Marine Conservation Society said "Our fantastic volunteers head out and clean the beach year round, recording what they find".
"This data is used as evidence when lobbying government and informs awareness campaigns".
"Beachwatch data supported the call for the 5p plastic bag charge and has fed into the consultations for Deposit Refund Systems, which are now coming into force".
"If the government calls for evidence - we have it! We are trying to stop litter entering our oceans and, because of our fantastic volunteers, we are winning!"
See the full album of photos from the day on V Team’s Facebook page.