Volunteers dig in to clean up Portland beach

Dorset Echo: Volunteers clearing Chesil beach today Volunteers clearing Chesil beach today

ORGANISERS say they are ‘delighted’ at the number of volunteers joining in a beach clean on Portland today.

As many as 100 local people are busy filling bags with debris washed up on Chesil beach in the recent storms.

The most common items being cleared off the beach are plastics, bottles, bottle tops and fishing rods.

During other recent beach cleans volunteers found a dead cow and a dolphin.

Both have been removed by the authorities.

Dorset Wildlife Trust communications officer Sally Welbourn, who was busy litter picking this morning, said: “We’re looking at about 100 people coming to take part.

“We’re really happy. The work that’s already been done by the volunteers on Portland has helped.

“People are aware of the situation and they want to help.

“So far we’ve found lots of fishing gear, which is particularly worrying because that’s the kind of thing birds can become tangled up in.

“We’ve also had a few flip flops and shoe insoles, dummies and plastics.”

She said more rubbish is expected to wash ashore tomorrow as heavy rain and strong wind is predicted by the Met Office.

Sally added: “We have litter problems with this beach all year round and that’s why we have regular beach cleans.

“It’s just a case of us being a bit more vigilant and calling on help, which people have been happy to give.”

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8:26pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Rocket dog3 says...

You see so much more gets done when the w&p council aren't involved just imagine how long it would've taken if they were , good old community spirit pulling together, well done to the organisers and well done to all the volunteers, we should all pull together
You see so much more gets done when the w&p council aren't involved just imagine how long it would've taken if they were , good old community spirit pulling together, well done to the organisers and well done to all the volunteers, we should all pull together Rocket dog3

11:16am Sun 26 Jan 14

Genghis says...

Have a dig at W&PBC by all means but exactly what has Portland Town Quango done as well? Thanks to all the volunteers. That proves that we don't need two of the three layers of local government.
Have a dig at W&PBC by all means but exactly what has Portland Town Quango done as well? Thanks to all the volunteers. That proves that we don't need two of the three layers of local government. Genghis

1:49pm Sun 26 Jan 14

radiator says...

Well done indeed to the volunteers, but I can remember the local Borstal used to have a gang doing this sort of work, evidently elf and safety and having no extra staff to supervise them prevents them doing it
Well done indeed to the volunteers, but I can remember the local Borstal used to have a gang doing this sort of work, evidently elf and safety and having no extra staff to supervise them prevents them doing it radiator

10:07am Mon 27 Jan 14

2539 says...

radiator wrote:
Well done indeed to the volunteers, but I can remember the local Borstal used to have a gang doing this sort of work, evidently elf and safety and having no extra staff to supervise them prevents them doing it
Having no borstal may contribute too.
[quote][p][bold]radiator[/bold] wrote: Well done indeed to the volunteers, but I can remember the local Borstal used to have a gang doing this sort of work, evidently elf and safety and having no extra staff to supervise them prevents them doing it[/p][/quote]Having no borstal may contribute too. 2539

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