October 2022

Contents

Updates – Events & news
Future Events – Ouse, Adur & Cuckmere 
September summary – Marine Conservation Society, Break Free From Plastic, Nurdle hunting! 
Winter Workshop – Seabean & Mermaid purse identification (priority booking for members)

September saw many Marine Conservation Society events, wonderful clouds, lovely people but only one event was wet (and it was really wet)! A summary of all the events is below.

Welcome to the October 2022 newsletter

A welcome to all new subscribers over the summer, and thank you for those who have become members. Without you all, this journey would not be possible.

October will see more events but further west and river catchment based as part of the Preventing Plastic Pollution project. 

Effectively, beach cleans and litter picks cannot prevent plastic pollution on their own, so adding a mix of sorting, identifying and recording can build the data rich picture of our environmental plastic pollution, leading to actions for change. And then we can begin to be part of the climate change movement.

Watch out for the first Winter Workshop, it’s happening at last!

Clean Water
The Wave is a people’s action along the coast protesting against the continued sewage releases into the environment. There are local groups to join (see bottom of newsletter) and petitions (the Stop Polluting Bexhill’s Sea petition is here). Another petition is here.

Support
If anyone can’t make any event you can still help by passing on this news sheet for others to read, or encourage friends and family to join Strandliners (subscribe here). For anyone on social media this is Strandliners Facebook page.
Andy Dinsdale 

Future events

Surveys
River Cuckmere – Sunday 9th Oct 2.00pm to 4pm. Date change! 
Up to 2 hours identifying primary microplastic & recording numbers of nurdles & Biobeads
£4 car park charge. 30 min walk each way (flat paths but may be muddy in patches).
Email strandlinersevents@gmail.com to register.

Surveys and workshops
Preventing Plastic Pollution (PPP) is a European project engaging with communities within river catchments. These will include a local litter pick (not compulsory).
What issues locally, nationally & internationallyWhy this PPP project can make a difference. How to be part of this movement. The forensic process (great fun in a group) of recording.
Hassocks – Adur catchment PPP pick, survey & workshop
Wednesday 12th October 10 to 2pm
Email Strandlinersevents@gmail.com to register
Steyning – Adur catchment PPP pick, survey & workshop
Friday 14th October 10 to 2pm
Email Strandlinersevents@gmail.com to register
Lancing – Adur catchment PPP pick, survey & workshop
Sunday 16th October 10 to 2pm
Email Strandlinersevents@gmail.com to register
Lewes – Adur catchment PPP pick, survey & workshop
Tuesday 18th October 10 to 2pm
Email Strandlinersevents@gmail.com to register

September summary

Camber Sands Brand Audit 
Summer holiday sessions after busy weekend.

Marine Conservation Society Beach Clean & Surveys


Data can be analysed in many different ways. The more information we have and know about the beaches the easier it is to understand these differences.

Dungeness – Highest plastic percentage recorded, larger plastic items found as few beach visitors
Pett Level – Regularly cleaned by beach visitors
Bexhill, Glyne Gap – Most items recorded, many small pieces, much paper/card takeaway items
Hastings, Rock – a Nore – Many small pieces, survey weight skewed by 2 large items (10kg) 
Bexhill, Galley Hill – Dog poo problem, bagged and not bagged
Winchelsea Beach – Low plastic percentage, why is this?
Rye Harbour – Least number of items recorded, why is this?

The Great Nurdle Hunt
Camber Sands – 1,400 nurdles found in 30 minutes by 7 people. Bio-bead to nurdle ratio 4:1 approx.

Winter workshop #1

Sea Beans and Mermaid Purses with Andy Dinsdale

Sunday 27th November 2 – 4.30pm @ RSPCA Mallydams Wood, Fairlight
Members free – registration open October 8th
Non-members £6 – registration open November 1st
Refreshments provided

Our amazing new Beachcombing postcards

Our postcards show some of the treasures that can be found on our beaches, as well as a horrific reminder of the global use of plastic from oil extraction to consumer items.

Rother Community Lottery

Supporting Strandliners whilst having the chance to win yourself. 
It all helps keeping Strandliners going. Click here for details.

Membership of Strandliners

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