18-25 September – Great British Beach Clean & NEW Source to Sea Litter Quests

Each autumn the Marine Conservation Society ask volunteer litter pickers to record information about the litter on our beaches through the Great British Beach Clean initiative – and this year, for those who don’t live near a beach and would like the opportunity to participate in their own home area,  they have launched the new Source to Sea Litter Quest, which recognises that many of the items littered far inland are at risk of reaching the sea as well.

The litter survey data from both survey types helps assemble a national and international picture of the most common forms of litter which the Marine Conservation Society uses to call for policy change to tackle ocean pollution at its source. This year, the MCS are asking volunteers to record the personal protective equipment they find, including gloves and masks.

To register for either the Great British Beach Clean or Source to Sea Litter Quest visit the Marine Conservation Society’s website  or for guidance ring the Beachwatch team on 01989 566017, or email