Cleaning up the Coves and Caves of Stonehaven

By bellmannews / September 24, 2021
close up of seaweed

From Marja van den Houten

The Marine Conservation Society’s annual Great British Beach Clean takes place on Saturday 25th September
– with local volunteers aiming to clean up the coves and caves of Stonehaven.

Stonehaven Sea kayakers, Deeside Sub-Aqua Club, RNLI Stonehaven, and friends will get together on Saturday at 10:00 am to have a go at cleaning the coves and bays going South out of Stonehaven as part of the Marine Conservation Society’s Great British Beach Clean.

The Great BritishBeach Clean is a week-long citizen science event, where hundreds of beach cleans take place all over
UK. Our volunteers are helping the charity gather data which will contribute to a global database as part
of the International Coastal Cleanup.

Lizzie Prior, Beachwatch Officer at the Marine Conservation Society says: “The Great British Beach Clean is a fantastic opportunity to make a real difference.

”Not only do volunteers help keep the UK’s beaches beautiful and litter-free, they collect vital data on what’s polluting our environment. We’ve used data collected in the past to campaign for carrier bag charges and single-use plastic bans, all of which have led to a reduction in litter on our beaches.”

Anyone wanting to join our flotilla or make a donation, please find our contact details on or

Key stats and facts
• At last year’s Great British Beach Clean volunteers collected 151,422 litter items, filling 685 bin
bags with 3,132kg of rubbish
• PPE litter including face masks and gloves was found on nearly 30% of beaches cleaned by the
charity’s volunteers across the week of the Great British Beach Clean 2020
• Plastic and polystyrene pieces (0-50cm in size) were the most common litter item at last year’s
Great British Beach Clean, with an average of 167 pieces found for every 100 metres of beach
cleared and surveyed
• At last year’s Great British Beach Clean, volunteers found an average of 425 items of litter for
every 100 metres of UK beach cleaned.
• Since the introduction of the 5p carrier bag charge in Wales in 2011, and across the rest of the
UK since, the Marine Conservation Society reports a 55% drop in the single-use bags found on
beaches across the UK.