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Continuing the tradition established by Chris Williams, there was a Marloes Sands beach clean on 31st December.

Considering the general storminess of Christmas 2013, we were extremely lucky to have a calm and sunny “weather window”, and many people turned out; some beach walkers were recruited on the spot, too.  You can see photos on the website.

On behalf of the community of Marloes & St Brides I would like to thank everyone for their contribution, especially some youngsters who might have been parentally pressganged; well done, too, to Ned and Archie Smithies for quad-hauling the stash up to the car park: that saved us a lot of effort!

The grand tally was 61 sacks’ worth, a tremendous result – but, of course, it would be nicer if the sea wasn't so littered in the first place.  Easily the biggest component was trawling waste, i.e. net pieces and rope plus fish boxes; next must have been 25 litre oil / chemical drums.  Prize Find this year was half a fishing rod – alas, without reel!


See below for the pictures received from Mari Williams, Keep Wales Tidy, who organised the beach clean with Hayley Barrett of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority.  Huge thanks to them both, and of course to everyone who attended – including casual beach visitors who joined in.

A few salient points…

Nobody present could remember seeing Marloes Sands filthier since the “tar ball era” of the 1970s.  By weight, far and away the largest proportion of the pollution was trawl net and trawl rope.

Although we worked for  4½ hours and had the PCC 8 wheel Argocat amphibious vehicle helping us (for which we were very, very grateful) we could not clear all the accumulated rubbish, despite gathering the estimated equivalent of 80 large sacks; we are already looking to arrange another date in February, subject to tide state, sea conditions, etc.

After a session like this, one finds it easier to believe the estimate quoted by Greenpeace that there are 10 million tonnes of plastics in the world’s oceans.

Chris Jessop