Help needed to survey rubbish at Lee-on-the-Solent beauty spot

HELP Volunteers Chris Burns and John Jeffs, both from Gosport, at a previous beach clean event
HELP Volunteers Chris Burns and John Jeffs, both from Gosport, at a previous beach clean event
Children at at Newtown C of E Primary School in Gosport dress up as their favourite nursery rhyme characters          (171220-10)

Children dress up as their favourite nursery rhyme characters

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IT is one of the nicest places to relax in the area.

But the beach at Lee-on-the-Solent is often spoiled by litter left by visitors or rubbish washed up on the shore.

Now a group of volunteers wants to tidy up the beauty spot and carry out a survey to find out where the mess comes from.

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is holding a big beach clean on Sunday as part of its Beachwatch campaign.

Now it is calling for more volunteers to help pick up the rubbish and survey the area.

Beachwatch organiser Sarah Lancefield said beach cleans had been held at Lee before but it was the first time for a survey.

‘We want people to come down to not only make the beach look great for visitors but help the MCS identify where the litter comes from and try to stop it at its source, she said.

‘This is the first event held at this location and it will be interesting to see what kinds of litter we survey.

‘Litter washing up on our shores is not just unpleasant to look at, it can harm and even kill some of our best-loved marine wildlife.

‘Plastic packaging and discarded fishing nets also injure and drown seals and dolphins.

‘Beach cleans like the one at Lee all help towards highlighting this issue.’

The four main sources of litter on beaches are members of the public, fishing, sanitary waste, such as cotton buds, and shipping. Surveys in the area have recorded a steady increase in the amount of beach litter since 1994.

Volunteers in Lee-on-the-Solent can regularly be seen cleaning up the beach for visitors to enjoy. The Marine Conservation Society also holds regular clean-ups of beaches in the area. And Lee-on-the-Solent Litteraction works to tackle the blight of rubbish all over the town.

The survey on Lee beach will take place on Sunday at 11am, starting at the Elmore car park in Marine Parade East. For more details email sarahlancefield@gmail.com or visit mcsuk.org

For details of other litter-picking events in the area visit litteraction.org.uk/lee-on-the-solent-litteraction