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Organisations and people from across the island are joining forces over the next two weekends to clean Arran’s beaches.
The Arran-wide beach clean is part of the Marine Conservation Society’s Great British Beach Clean and, for the first time, will give Arran its own local data about the type and quantity of litter on its coastline. Think About Plastic-Arran (TAP) will collate the data for Arran before it is sent to the society to be added to national and international information banks.
Beach cleans are being organised by the village organisations who regularly keep our beaches clean, with TAP stepping in where dates have not been possible for some villages. COAST and the National Chamber Music Day are leading a novel beach clean with the plastic items found then being made into musical instruments (see separate story). Lamlash Improvements and Whiting Bay Improvements are also leading beach cleans. Arran Kayak Club will be collecting floating litter from the kayaks which will be accompanying competitors during their race around Holy Isle on September 22.
The beach clean events will kick off with a free, illustrated talk at 7.30pm tonight (Friday) at Lamlash Church Hall by Tara Proud of the Marine Conservation Society (Scotland) entitled Tackling Plastic Pollution in Scotland’s Seas. Coastguard station officer Fiona Laing will introduce the evening with a short session on what not to pick up on Arran’s beaches which will be of interest to anyone who sets foot on our Arran coastline.
TAP chairwoman Dr. Helen How said: ‘Arran is an island which is well-known for people working together. This is a great opportunity to make a difference and contribute to information collection which will help both Arran and contribute to the wider research base. We are delighted that so many of Arran’s organisations are taking part and organising their own beach cleans. NAC have been very supportive, and we are thrilled that the Marine Conservation Society have chosen to come to Arran for these events.’
Everyone is welcome but children must be accompanied by an adult.
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Full details of the Arran beach cleans
Friday September 14
Kildonan beach clean, 4pm meet Silversands
Saturday Septmeber 15
Brodick beach clean, TAP, 11am meet near Boathouse in car park near Fisherman’s Walk
Lamlash beach clean, COAST, 9am Octopus Centre (booking essential),
Whiting Bay beach clean, Whiting Bay Improvements, 10.45am Sandbraes car park near bridge over Kingscross burn
Sunday September 16
Lamlash beach clean, Lamlash Improvements, 2pm meet on village green
Monday September 17
Pirnmill beach clean, TAP, 1pm meet on slipway
Kilmory beach clean, 2.30pm Torrylinn beach
Saturday September 22
Holy Isle sea clean, Arran Kayak Club (kayaks)
Sunday September 23
Blackwaterfoot beach clean,TAP, 2pm meet at golf course car park
For details visit www.thinkaboutplastic-arran.co.uk