You can find the results of all our Marine Conservation Society surveys here.

Join us for an informal chat on the first Tuesday of each month

Strandliners Chat

Introducing a new monthly drop in chat session – everything plastic pollution, environment (land, river & sea), mismanaged waste, recycling, solutions etc. This will take place on the first Tuesday of the month – next session Tuesday 6th September. The Zoom link is on the latest news sheet.

  • Catch up on events & get the inside info
  • Are there any questions for Strandliners?
  • What’s happening in your area?
  • Is there anything you want to discuss?

Break Free from Plastic Brand Audit

At Camber Sands from July through to October. Next date Sunday 4th September, meeting at 5pm. Email to register for this event or to find out more.

Bexhill Festival of the Sea

Sadly, this amazing two-day event, with the marine environment and community at its heart, has had to be cancelled this year.

Great British Beach Clean

This annual event is held in conjunction with the Marine Conservation Society in the third weekend in September. Strandliners will be carrying out beach cleans and surveys at Dungeness, Pett Level, Winchelsea Beach, Hastings and Bexhill.
Dates as follows:
Dungeness – Sat 17th Sept, 09.30am to 13.30pm
Pett Level – Sun 18th Sept, 10am to 12 noon (with The Beach Club @ Pett Level)
Bexhill, Glyne Gap – Wed 21st Sept, 4pm to 5.30pm
Hastings – Fri 23rd Sept, 4pm to 6pm
Bexhill, Galley Hill – Sat 24th Sept, 3pm to 5pm
Winchelsea Beach – Sun 25th Sept, 3pm to 5pm
Email to register for any of our Marine Conservation Society events or sign up on the MCS website.

The Great Nurdle Hunt

Run in conjunction with Fidra each October, Strandliners will be running a number of events. Up to 2 hours identifying primary microplastic & recording numbers of nurdles & Biobeads
Email to register for Great Nurdle Hunt events.
Camber Sands – Sat 1st Oct 8.30am to 10.30am
River Cuckmere – Sat 15th Oct 9.30am to 11.30am

Past events

Pett Level Independent Rescue Boat Open day

Strandliners supported the PLIRB open day on 28th August. There was a display of our local work and findings, and details of our new project, as well as some (not to be missed!) activities.

Pett Flower Show and Fayre

We had a stand at the Pett Show on July 30th. Amongst many other stalls and activities, Strandliners will exhibit a display of our local work, our findings, as well as some (not to be missed!) activities.

Strandliners were at Fairfest on June 5th. We showed some of our local work and our findings, and set up activities for all the family. Thank you to all the lovely people who stopped to talk to us about our work.

Eco-Fair, Eastbourne

Eastbourne Spring Water Festival
We were at Holywell beach on Saturday 21st May, where we invited people to discover our microplastic legacy, become a microplastic detective, find the treasures and identify the trash.
We were also at the Eco-Fair on the Western Lawns in Eastbourne on Saturday 14th May, where we were able to chat to lots of lovely people and try out some new activities.

Hailsham, Waterweek, Microplastic Surveys
2pm, Tuesday 12th April
Andy gave a talk and we led a survey, looking for microplastics by the Diplocks stream. You can find out more about Waterweek here.


All the recycling was collected from a community hub over the month of March. On we will investigate what really has been thrown away. If only 2% (The Story of Plastic) of plastic waste is effectively recycled, what happens to the rest? Where will this go?
Members of Strandliners led a brand audit, sorting, identifying and recording it all before it is uploaded to Break Free From Plastic to add to their global database of waste plastic.
A plastic brand audit is a citizen science initiative, co-ordinated globally since 2018 by #BreakFreeFromPlastic. The aim is to convince the world’s top polluters to stop producing so much unnecessary single use plastic. In order to know who those are, we record data on branded plastic waste in our community. Look out for the results soon.

Community training events and surveys

Strandliners offered a series of community training events on plastic pollution identification, surveying and sewage-related debris through the Clean Seas Please project. The three sessions were timed to take place before a survey so volunteers could put their new skills into practice.

Saturday 26th March, Bexhill
De La Warr Pavilion
This was a Clean Seas Please event with a survey for the Marine Conservation Society. Nearly 250 items were collected, of which 63% were plastic. Thank you to all who volunteered on this lovely sunny day.

Saturday 26th February, Bexhill
Galley Hill
This was a Clean Seas Please event with a survey for the Marine Conservation Society. Almost 300 pieces of mismanaged waste were collected, 82% of which were plastic. Thank you to all who took part.

Sunday 23rd January, Bexhill
Beaulieu Beach
This was a Clean Seas Please event with a survey for the Marine Conservation Society. The beach may have looked clean, but almost 400 pieces were collected and identified, 92% of which were plastic. Thank you to all who took part.

Sunday 6th February, River Rother
A new event for us, this was a ‘Source to Sea’ survey for the Marine Conservation Society.

Sunday 13th February, River Rother
A new event for us, this was a ‘Source to Sea’ survey for the Marine Conservation Society.

The data gained from these surveys helps to lobby for change.

Sunday 30th January, Pett Level
Members’ Beachcombing walk
This was for our members who missed the opportunity to take part in the November walk. We enjoyed a glorious sunny day, with sightings of fulmar, ravens, piddocks, bivalve fossils and dinosaur footprints!

Microplastics on the banks of the Cuckmere

The Great Nurdle Hunt

October was Nurdle month! ‘What is a nurdle?’, you may ask. Everything made of plastic was once a nurdle. They are around 5mm in size and shaped like a lentil. These nurdles are manufactured near the oil extraction site and transported around the world by ship, lorry and train. Unfortunately they are also lost in transit by the billion! There are some U.K, nurdle and microplastic events in October and Strandliners has events at Camber Sands, River Cuckmere and the River Rother looking for them and counting. All these surveys will give us a better picture of where they are, and in what quantity. We may even find some bio-beads, and that is another story!

The Great Nurdle Hunt takes place from 1st to 31st October this year. Strandliners held three events during October.

At Camber, we found:
1,350+ bio-beads & 450 nurdles in the sand, in old and new Strandliners.
They are present all along the shoreline, deposited by the sea and blown by the wind, washed in and out depending on tides.

At the River Rother, in Rye, we found:
194 bio-beads, 56 nurdles
in grass and earth on the salt marsh, grazed areas and the riverbank strandline.

At the River Cuckmere, we found:
~5,500 bio-beads & 1,500 nurdles
on old strandlines and saltmarsh riverbank strandline.
Many more were present but a specific survey was used to compare the ratio between nurdles and bio-beads.

Galley Hill

Great British Beach Clean
18th – 26th September 2021

Strandliners held five events for the annual Marine Conservation Society ‘Great British Beach Clean’ in September. Click here to see the results.

The Clean Earth Show
19th September 2021

Strandliners and Clean Seas had a stand at this event, and our CEO, Andy, gave a well-received talk on ‘Adding value to beach cleans and litter picks’. It was great to have the opportunity to talk to new people and tell them about the work of Strandliners.

Pett Level Independent Rescue Boat Open Day
29th August 2021

Looking for treasure

Brilliant day at the Pett Level Independent Rescue Boat Open Day with lovely people, and all for a very important cause. Strandliners Environmental Champions invited people to look at the microplastic mess collected from our East Sussex coastline, and offered their unique awareness gifts. Thank you to everyone we were able to chat with.

Some of our previous events are listed below… Please make sure you have signed up for our regular news sheets so we can keep you updated. Sign up here.

Click here find out more about clearing behind the Fairlight berm

Click here to find out more about our River Rother surveys

Click here to find out more about what we have been doing at Dungeness.

Some of our other events can be seen below.

Survey at Pett Level

CAT training

If you missed our screening of ‘The Story of Plastic’, you can see the trailers here. We hope to host another screening soon.