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Invite to help keep Dorset beaches clean
WILDLIFE lovers are invited to make a difference by taking part in a beach clean on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast.
The event at Worbarrow Bay on Sunday is organised by the Dorset Wildlife Trust who want to try to combat the litter problem in the area.
Marine warden Melinda Fisher said: “Litter is an on-going problem and the next storm will bring a new wave of rubbish onto the shore.
“Everyone can help out by joining in with beach cleans held on local beaches throughout the year.”
Nets, fishing lines, plastic packing straps and other plastic items kill approximately 100,000 marine animals and 1 million seabirds every year around the world. Plastic pellets named nurdles and carrier bags are mistaken for food and swallowed, blocking digestive systems and causing starvation, especially to juvenile animals and birds.
There is concern for some of the unusual marine life visitors to Dorset beaches such as huge sunfish and turtles as they can mistake floating plastic bags and balloons for jellyfish, which make up part of their diet.
Most plastics can take several hundred years to break down. Dorset Wildlife Trust is urging everyone to help slow the tide of rubbish by re-using bags and recycling when possible, not releasing balloons or Chinese lanterns, taking litter home and disposing of it sensibly.
The beach clean takes place from 10am on Sunday and all are welcome to attend.
For details contact the Fine Foundation Marine Centre on 01929 481044 or kimmeridge@dors etwildlife.co.uk
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