Rossall Beach Residents & Community Group organise community beach cleans at Cleveleys, on the northern stretch of pebbly seafront between The Venue and Rossall School.
Why don’t you come along and join in?
Four Weekly Community Beach Cleans
Wrap up warm and meet at 9.30am on Rossall Promenade in the car park area.
There’s no need to register or to be a member of the group, you can just turn up in the car parking area on Rossall Promenade, near to the tall sign board against the beach. All equipment is provided.
Beach cleans start with a quick 2 minute safety briefing and a round-up of what the Rossall Beach Group are up to, so if meetings aren’t your thing you can still keep up to speed with what’s happening.
You’ll be provided with equipment including gloves, litterpickers and sacks. Just make sure that you dress according to the weather and bear in mind that if it’s a bit breezy where you live there’s an odds on chance that it will be blowing a gale on the beach, so in cool weather make sure you wrap up warm, and on sunny days wear sunscreen.
Make Friends and Have Fun
The group beach clean until about 10.45/11am and then make their way to The Venue for a coffee – the morning has been re-named ‘Beach Clean and a Brew’.
Beach cleaning can be quite a solitary activity with people litter picking on their own, so this way it adds a bit of a social element, because making friends and having fun is at the heart of everything that the Rossall Beach Group do.
If the weather on the day of the clean is too windy or too wet to carry out the beach clean part of the event, that bit will be cancelled and a notice will be posted by 8.30am on the website of the group. Please check before setting off as the weather right on the coastline can often be different to that inland.
Even if the beach clean part of the morning doesn’t go ahead, the coffee morning will still be on, so please come to The Venue anyway – anytime from 10.30am.
Rubbish on the Beach
The beach clean covers the area from the end of the new sea defences near the seafront cafe, through to the start of the high concrete defences known as the tank traps near Rossall School.
This beach doesn’t generally get covered in water at high tide, only with the highest of high tides, and so there’s a continual strandline along the pebbles which includes sea borne rubbish of all kinds.
The amount of litter which is deposited depends on the weather, with rough seas and high winds leaving sometimes huge quantities of non-degradeable products behind which must be physically removed. Very little litter is actually dropped from people using the beach and promenade – largely due to the adequate numbers of litter bins.
It’s important to remove the plastic from the beach – not only does it look unsightly but it is also a serious threat to wildlife. Marine mammals like seals, plus fish and birds eat the plastic believing it to be jellyfish or other digestible food, and it can eventually fill their stomachs so that they then starve to death, like the bird in the photo above.
(NATIONAL TRUST-Richard Gilbert)
Fishing line and rope tangles around animals, birds and fish and stops them from swimming and flying and they drown, and the list goes on….
It’s a never ending task like painting the Forth Bridge, but at each clean large amounts of rubbish are removed, up to half a tonne in one morning. If it was left, the cumulative effect of it all would be too horrible to think about, so each pile of sacks represents a huge helping hand to the environment.
Run in conjunction with Wyre Council Waterfront Rangers and and helped by volunteer Rangers, these events are open to anyone to come along and help, no matter where they live. All that matters is that you have an interest in the beach and making it look nice – plus helping to improve the environment for the wildlife that lives in the water and on the beach.
Beach cleaning is a vital part of improving water quality – not only does it improve our seas and beaches, it also provides hands-on awareness of what ends up in our water courses and ultimately the sea, and gives an understanding of how you can play your own part at home in helping to improve bathing water quality on the Fylde Coast.
These community beach cleans are not designed to replace a regular cleaning programme carried out by Wyre Council. By working in partnership a cleaner environment can be maintained, which also creates a sense of achievement and community pride in the surroundings.
Beach Clean on your Own
You can now spend time on the beach on your own if you prefer your own company or prefer to litter pick at a time to suit yourself.
Please get in touch for more details.
Please check the Rossall Beach Residents & Community Group website for up to date information on beach cleaning.
Why not follow the Rossall Beach Buddies Facebook Page?
Sacks of rubbish being weighed at the end of the beach clean
Community beach clean
Beach cleaning at Cleveleys