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 marloes.org.uk 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,
MARLOES BEACH CLEAN FEBRUARY 2ND - AFTER THE STORMS
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,
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.