March/April 2023

Welcome to the March/April 2023 newsletter

What a time we have had! The “Love Our Rother” event at the Rye Community Centre has been a fantastic success – “A room full of enthusiasm” (see Rye News article here)
Thank you to all who volunteered, visited & participated with talks and stands.
This will return next year.

As the Preventing Plastic Pollution project ends for the Rivers Ouse, Adur & Rother, Strandliners will be working on a legacy project to continue citizen science in river catchments. We have also delivered the “litter DNA” visuals at the English/French PPP conference in London, and hope to take the concept of each site having its own “litter DNA” further. Are there any data analysists out there who would like to play with the data collected? This could be groundbreaking work and is fascinating looking at our own ideas of how we define “litter”.

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 – Hastings Country Park workshop, Rye Songmaps, Dungeness survey
‘Litter DNA‘ – What is it?
Love Our Rother
Exhibition – Lewes Climate Hub 
Social media presence – Facebook, Twitter & Instagram

Future Events

Hastings Country Park workshop – Saturday 25th March
Presentation & workshop about Strandliners & environmental pollution surveying.
Open to non-members (cost on the door) – Isobel Blackman Centre. Info here

SongMaps Rye – Tilling Green Community Centre – Sunday 26th March
Presentation & response regarding Climate Change (see poster below). 
Please email here to register

Dungeness beach survey – Saturday 8th April
Beach pick and survey. 
Please email here to register.  

‘Litter DNA’

‘Litter DNA’ is the distinctive characteristics of litter at a particular site.
These pie charts show the ‘Litter DNA’ of three River Rother different sites, barely 1km apart, easily showing that different sites have different litter issues.

Love Our Rother

The ‘Love Our Rother‘ event was a fantastic success. We carried out a brand audit of litter collected from the banks of the River Rother surrounded by everyone attending – what a sight!
Strandliners were also awarded Ocean Ambassador status by the United Nations Association Climate & Oceans.

Lewes Climate Hub

Strandliners have some exhibits amongst hands on activities on all things water and climate change at the Lewes Climate Hub.
Lewes Climate Hub – The Hot Hub Focus… Water
Open now along the Lewes High Street, until late April.

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

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.