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Marine Conservation Society’s (MCS) Beach Watch Big Week 2018.

SI Barry and District have taken part in the annual Marine Conservation Society beach Survey for many years. The results of the survey are collated with the information from beaches all around the UK and are used to indicate trends and inform campaigns, and ultimately Government Policy, such as the ban on plastic cotton bud sticks, which used to be found on the beach in great abundance.

Our adopted beach is Jackson’s Bay. We met at 3pm on Monday September 17th. The weather was initially cloudy but the sky cleared to result in a beautiful Autumn afternoon.

All were welcomed and included 21 members, 1 Soroptimister, and 3 dogs with well behaved owners and a guest from Barry Yacht club which is based at Jackson’s Bay and we were all put to gathering any manmade flotsam and jetsam!

All equipment was provided so there was only a need to wear suitable clothing for the weather conditions on the day.

The beach looked pristine, the council are clearly doing a good job of keeping it clean. We found a similar amount of rubbish to last year, 1.5Kg of small things, plus a 6ft length of decking board!

We also found 34 cotton bud sticks, and over a hundred small pieces of plastic. Only 7 cigarette butts this time!