We’ve all heard of the Great British Bake Off but how many know that next weekend is the Great British Beach Clean and Survey 2014?
West Lothian Sub Aqua club and Blackness resident Jackie Leeds have adopted the east and west beaches at Blackness castle on behalf of the Marine Conservation Society.
They are now asking for readers assistance in carrying out their annual clean-up, and, at the same time, a survey on the amount and types of litter which can be found polluting beaches up and down the country.
A spokesman for the Marine Conservation Society said: “Our seas are under immense pressure: too many fish are being taken out, too much rubbish is being thrown in and too little is being done to protect our precious marine wildlife and vital fish stocks.
“The Marine Conservation Society champions the need for marine wildlife protection, sustainable fisheries and clean seas and beaches.
“Our vision is for seas rich in wildlife, abundant fish stocks and pollution free beaches and bathing waters; seas that are fit for wildlife to thrive in and for people to enjoy; and seas that will support future generations with abundant resources.
“We hope that as many people as possible will get behind the Blackness beaches clean-up, making it a pleasant and safe environment for all who use them.”
The litter pick is planned for Saturday, September 20, from 10am to 12pm, and volunteers are asked to meet at the playing fields behind Blackness Castle.
Organisers suggest that helpers wear suitable clothing and footwear and take along a pair of protective gloves.
To volunteer, log onto the MCS website at www.mcsuk.org
The West Lothian Sub Aqua Club is well established, having been around for over 45 years. It has a current membership of approximately sixty people of all ages, both male and female.
“Small enough so that you are not just a number, large enough to provide experience, expertise and continuity,” said a club spokesman.
The branch has gone from strength to strength over the years and is now affiliated to The Scottish Sub Aqua Club, the sports local governing body.
Gordon Young, the club’s diving officer, said: “Our members dive all over Scotland and, to be honest, we’re getting fed up with the state of some beaches.
“In order to do our bit as a responsible body, our members decided it would be good to adopt a beach.
“To that end, we chose Blackness as it’s our closest, and we knew we could encourage plenty of members out to help in our annual clean-up, in conjunction with the MCS.”