The Copeland Coastal Conference is taking place at the Beacon Portal in Whitehaven on 17th October. Organised by the Colourful Coast Partnership, with support from Copeland Borough Council, the conference is open to anyone with an interest in the coast and is a great opportunity to hear about how other communities are tackling coastal issues, hear how the coast is used in a variety of ways, share knowledge and most importantly it is a chance celebrate Copeland’s beautiful coastline.
This year we have a variety of speakers covering a number of topics including the new World Heritage Site, marine conservation designations, community action and an exciting and innovative marine litter project. A copy of the full agenda can be found here –> Copeland Coastal Conference 2017
The conference will take place over a full day with a light lunch and refreshments provided. There is no charge for the conference but tickets must be booked in advance. If you would like to book a ticket, please use the Eventbrite site https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/copeland-coastal-conference-2017-tickets-37917300667
The weekend of 16 & 17 September was the Marine Conservation Society’s annual Great British Beach Clean. Unlike other beach cleans, the focus at these events is to survey and record the types of litter collected as well as clean the beaches.
These events happen all over the country and we organised two events in the Colourful Coast area. On Saturday we headed to St Bees and with a team of 13 volunteers cleared 9 bags of litter, mostly small plastic, cotton bids and bottle caps which had been brought in and pushed up the beach by the recent high tides and stormy weather.
On Sunday a hardy group of 14 volunteers met at Whitehaven’s North Shore and tackled the litter problem there. Lots of fast food wrapping, drinks bottles and cigarette butts were collected here, some of which hadn’t even seen the sea and had blown from the nearby parking areas – a very different type of letter from St Bees. 14 bags of litter were collected in total, along with drums, containers and two disposable barbeques. As with the St Bees event Copeland Borough Council kindly came to collect it all.
All the data was added to the MCS website and if you’re interested in what we found you can follow the links for the survey results from both beaches:
170917 Whitehaven North Shore – Survey 17 Sep 2017
170916 St Bees – Survey 16 Sep 2017
We’ll be organising more beach cleans in future so keep an eye on the events list and come along to help out, we provide all the tools you’ll need and often there’s a cake or chocolate biscuits afterwards to say thank you for getting out to help!