Marine Conservation Society Surveys

In June we had a beautiful sunny day for our survey. We found many items, natural and man-made, covered in sting winkle egg cases. We collected almost 400 items from our 100m survey area, weighing 51kg, and collected a further 33 kg of rubbish on the way back.

In April we were at Dungeness, battling a chilly wind to collect 733 pieces from our survey area, weighing nearly 27 kg. Over 90% of this was plastic. We collected a further 50 kg of mismanaged waste on the way back to the car park!

A sunny but breezy afternoon by the De La Warr

Our final Clean Seas Please event was held by the De La Warr in March, where we collected 241 items, 63% of which were plastic. You can see the results below.

Beautiful sunny day at Galley Hill

At Galley Hill in February, another Clean Seas Please event, we collected 283 items, 82% of which were plastic. You can read the report below.

A chilly morning at Beaulieu

In January 2022 we were at Beaulieu, where we collected 380 items, 92% of which were plastic. This was a Clean Seas Please event. A new item being found on our beaches is pieces of Covid testing kit. You can read the report below.

Great British Beach Clean 2021

In September, we carried out 5 surveys for the Marine Conservation Society as part of their Great British Beach Clean campaign.

A bright sunny day at Dungeness

Dungeness (Lydd Ranges), 18th September

This is a wonderful beach to survey, as the absence of beach visitors gives a more prelatic picture of what is washed or blown in. We identified and removed 325 items from our 100m stretch, weighing 12kg. 85.5% of the items were plastic. You can read the full report below.

Hastings, Rock-a-Nore

Hastings (Rock-a-Nore), 24th September

This was a Clean Seas Please event. Our  21 volunteers found 520 pieces of manmade pollution in our 100m stretch, lost accidentally or deliberately by human intervention! The full results can be seen below.

Pett Level

Pett Level 25th, September

31 volunteers found 228 pieces in our 100m stretch. 59% of this was plastic, a relatively low percentage, following the trend of beach visitors picking up larger pieces such as plastic bottles. You can find the full results below.

Going through the rubbish

Winchelsea Beach, 25th September

30 volunteers joined in. In our 100 m, we found 265 pieces, 65% of which were plastic. We also found 35 pieces of tissue paper, the highest recorded item. You can see all the results below.


Bexhill (Galley Hill), 26th September

This was also a Clean Seas Please event.
Our 20+ volunteers found, picked up, sorted, identified and recorded 295 items in our 100m survey area, 69% of which were plastic.
The shocking ‘highlight’ was 20 separate dog poos from just this small stretch!
Dog owners beware – some of these showed ingested plastic – do be aware of what your dog is picking up! You can see the full results below.