North Devon Beach Cleans 2018
Beach cleans are quickly becoming a big part of coastal life around the UK with local communities and visiting tourists coming together to help keep our beaches beautiful and North Devon is no exception, read on to find out why you should help and where and when you can get involved.
Why should I attend a beach clean event?
The devastation that single-use plastic in particular is having on our planet is inescapable, but in case you needed some more reasons to motivate you to take action; take a look at just some of these shocking plastic pollution statistics from Surfers Against Sewage (SAS):
• Approx 5000 items of marine plastic pollution have been found per mile of beach in the UK
• Over 150 plastic bottles litter each mile of UK beaches
• Recent studies have revealed marine plastic pollution in 100% of marine turtles, 59% of whales, 36% of seals and 40% of seabird species examined
• 100,000 marine mammals and turtles and 1 million sea birds are killed by marine plastic pollution annually
Did you know that the North Devon coastline is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty? It's one of only 47 in the UK, meaning the area is protected to conserve and enhance its natural beauty. Additionally, Braunton Burrows (which is overlooked by Saunton Sands Hotel) is a Biosphere Reserve. It is one of 669 Reserves in 120 countries as designated by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation). The Biosphere Reserves exists to inspire a positive future by connecting people and nature.
With the north of Devon so well preserved and loved, it’s vital that beach cleans and other steps are taken to help maintain the places our regular guests love to holiday in, read on to find out how you can help...