The Severn Estuary Big Beach Clean

The Severn Estuary Big Beach Clean

The weekend of the 14th – 17th September 2018 marked the first ever Severn Estuary Big Beach Clean! As part of the Discover the Severn Project (funded by Natural Resources Wales), we joined forces with the Marine Conservation Society, Keep Wales Tidy and Litter Free Coast and Sea Somerset to coordinate an estuary wide clean up as part of their larger national campaigns. Through the event, we hoped to highlight the huge amount of effort that goes into beach cleaning and litter picking all around the estuary and welcomed individuals, community groups, businesses and other organisations to take to the coast and clean up our beautiful estuary!

Well over 1000 volunteers gathered along the shores of the Severn over the weekend to collect hundreds of bags of litter… including some weird and wonderful items like a princess tiara, a road sign, an old smoke grenade and a boat door! Thousands of hours were spent by our local Severn Estuary champions in over 30 locations to remove litter from our shared coastline and to #SpruceUpTheSevern.

Barry Island Stand Up Paddleboarding Group Litter Pick, 2019

We also ran the event in 2019 with equal success, with a huge number of volunteers out in force over the weekend. We had planned to host the event again in 2020, but of course due to the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, our 2020 beach clean event unfortunately postponed.

Grangemoor Park Litter Pick with Cardiff Rivers Group, 2019

Now in 2021, SEP would like to bring the Big Beach Clean back with a bang! We have already been liaising with partners and planning for our 2021 event in September. This year, we will focus on highlighting the catchment to coast initiative and the impact of inland litter on marine and estuarine pollution. We hope to work together with litter pickers both on the coast of the Severn and around the tributaries of the Severn to keep litter out of our ocean. Keep an eye out for updates via our social media platforms and get ready to #SpruceUpTheSevern in 2021! Click here for more about the 2021 event!

If you would like to set up your own litter picking group or join your local group, visit our Litter Pick Portal page!

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SEP Team Litter Picking at the Newport Transporter Bridge

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