Huge beach clean event to sweep up Freshfield beach

A team of Marine Conservation volunteers are calling on residents in Formby to grab a bin bag and help to clean up Freshfield beach.

The golden sands at Freshfields will be receiving a thorough clean on Monday April 3 as part of the national Beachwatch scheme.

Beachwatch was launched by the Marine Conservation Society as a way to highlight the issues of beach litter around the UK’s coastline.

Local Beachwatch organiser, Andy Laverick, from Formby, says he wants to see the biggest number of volunteers ever take to the beach and clean up tons of litter

Starting at 10am on Freshfield beach, Andy promised volunteers that it will be a fun and informative social occasion.

He said: “The tide of litter washing up on our shores is not just unpleasant to look at, it can harm and even kill some of our best-loved marine wildlife.

“Over 170 species including seabirds, turtles and whales have mistaken marine litter for food and actually eaten it, which in many cases has resulted in starvation, poisoning and ultimately a slow, painful death.

““Plastic packaging and discarded fishing nets also injure, entangle and drown some of Britain’s favourite marine animals, including seals and dolphins.

“We want people to come down to on and take part in an event that will not only make the beach look great for visitors, but will also help MCS identify where the litter comes and try to stop it at source.”

The last Beachwatch clean up at Freshfield beach ended with volunteers picking up an astonishing 127kg of waste and 461 plastic bottles and bags.

Anyone wanting to take part in the clean up at can find out more by calling Andy on 07981928103.