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Students from University College, Isle of Man paid a visit to Arran recently and joined Think About Plastic- Arran on a beach clean and litter survey at Kilmory Beach, with support from Kilmory Hall.
The students regularly volunteer with Beach Buddies, an Isle of Man organisation, founded by Bill Dale to clean the island’s beaches. They had discovered Think About Plastic-Arran during their research and were interested in the work TAP does to support village organisations and individuals, many of whom have cleaned Arran’s beaches for years.
They also wanted to know about TAP’s role in co-ordinating the Arran-wide autumn beach clean and litter survey and the wider role in providing a platform to avoid duplication of effort and enable organisations, residents and visitors to share information about reducing plastic in the sea around Arran.
The students decided to visit Arran and experience the island first-hand. They were joined by Bill Dale, complete with his splendid Beach Buddies vehicle, and some Manx volunteers.
The afternoon was rounded off with tea and cakes hosted by members of the TAP steering group. The students and visitors enjoyed a full programme of activities during their time on Arran.
Beach cleaners on Arran can seek support and advice and advertise their beach cleans by contacting the TAP website www.thinkaboutplastic-arran.co.uk.