February 2023

Volunteers needed please!

Love Our Rother
Help on the day (18th February – see poster): 2 or 4 hours
In the foyer with information of the event
To be on the Strandliners stand
To collect evaluations when visitors leave
You will not be left on your own, but with an experienced member of Strandliners. 

Surveys & Data Recording: 2 or 4 hours
Do you like spreadsheets?
Interested in data analysis and simple statistics? Come along to a training session (see below) and find out more about surveying, recording and processing the data.


Future events – Love Our Rother, Haywards Heath, Battle for our Planet, survey & data training, Bodiam, Rye, Iden
Social media presence – Support our work
Other organisations – We may all be working towards the same goal but there are different ways and methods to achieve it 

Welcome to the February 2023 Newsletter

We may only have just started enjoying more sunlight but we’ve already been out to sites along the R. Rother, R. Ouse and R. Adur for the Preventing Plastic Pollution (PPP) project. And have more planned in February and March. This project is important as it is giving ground breaking research connecting inland and coastal/beach environmental plastic pollution surveys. Everyone who has joined an event is amazing and we could not have completed these events without you!

We are growing as more and more people are discovering that litter picking doesn’t ever stop, but adding value to all our daily litter picking and beach cleaning can begin to build up this body of data to be used as evidence to lobby for change at source. It may not be a quick process, but the data will only become more and more important.


A reminder that 2023 membership subscriptions are now due. We cannot currently collect payments by direct debit, so renewal is on an annual basis (1st January) via our website please.
£10 for existing members or
£12 if are joining us for the first time.
Thank you to all our members for supporting Strandliners: we could not do it without you.
Andy Dinsdale 

Future Events

We are looking forward to this Valentine’s Day event; a big thank you to Peter Quinnell for creating our amazing poster.

Love Our Rother – Saturday 18th February 
Rye Community Centre
10.00 am to 2.00 pm FREE 
Focusing on marine plastic pollution, the Rother catchment (rivers delivering inland litter to the sea), community volunteering, networking and environmental awareness.
Provisional timetable as follows: 

11:00 short film by Wallowbird showing Plastic, Rivers, Sea & Volunteers
11:05 Andy Dinsdale (Strandliners) “Preventing Plastic Pollution in the Rother”
11:15 Gonzalo Alvarez (UNA Climate & Oceans) “Climate Cost of Plastics”
13:00 short film showing marine life of Sussex coastal waters by Sussex Underwater
13:05 Thea Taylor (Sussex Dolphin Project) “The work of the Sussex Dolphin Project”
13:15 Andy Dinsdale (Strandliners) “Love Our Rother”

Please email for more information or scan the QR code on the poster above.

Haywards Heath – (Scrase Valley) River Ouse
Tuesday 28th February
Litter pick and survey with the Ouse & Adur Rivers Trust. 
Please emailto register. 

Battle for our Planet – Saturday 4th March
Battle & Langton CEP School 5.00 to 5.55pm

Strandliners will be there. Come along and find out what you can do for our planet.
This event will be followed by the Battle Parish Assembly Meeting at 6pm.

Survey & Data training – Sunday 5th March
A day indoors learning different types of surveys and what we do with the data.
Sign up for a 2 hour session (10 am to 12 noon or 1 pm to 3 pm) or stay all day.
Tea/coffee and cake provided.
Delve further into the forensic aspect of identifying and recording rubbish in order to find out where it comes from and what we can do to stop it coming back.
Find out how to process the data we collect and produce simple statistics.
Warning: surveying rubbish can become addictive!
Please email to register or to find out more.

Bodiam – River Rother – Tuesday 7th March
Litter pick and survey. Please email to register. 

Rye to Scots Float – River Rother – Thursday 16th March
Litter pick and survey. Please email to register. 

Iden – River Rother – Sunday 19th March
Litter pick and survey. Please email to register.  

Social Media presence

We appreciate your support through subscribing to this newsletter, please share with friends and family.

Another way to help Strandliners reach a greater audience is through our social media presence. We are notoriously not amazing at keeping up with letting everyone know what we do but if all subscribers were able to support through “liking”, “sharing” and/or reposting it would really helpful!

Facebook – Strandliners

Instagram – Strandliners

Twitter – @StrandlinersCIC

The sun is shining, signs of spring, pretty colours, yet both are environmental plastic pollution. Where did they come from? 

Rother Community Lottery

Supporting Strandliners whilst having the chance to win yourself. 
It all helps keeping Strandliners going.


Benefits of becoming a member include a quarterly online magazine, The Fulmar, a monthly raffle to win a sea bean, and opportunities to join beach, marine & citizen science workshops.