Group picks beach as its flagship for litter survey

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A BEACH in Gosport is set for a spruce-up as a national conservation society sets its sights on the town.

The Marine Conservation Society will be at Stokes Bay on Saturday, September 21 to direct the litter pick and survey as part of its Beachwatch Big Weekend.

Ed Santry, MCS sea champion coordinator for the south east, said litter on UK beaches has increased over 20 years.

He said: ‘Beachwatch is the most respected and long-standing beach litter survey in the UK, but we always need more people to join us as volunteer beach cleaners.

‘This year is the 20th Beachwatch and we’ve chosen Stokes Bay to be one of two flagship beaches over the weekend.’

Volunteers will be given a discount of up to 15 per cent at Bayside Cabin when wearing an MCS tabard, which will be provided on the day.

There will also be face painting, arts and crafts, and a seashore safari.

Meet at the No 2 Battery west car park, off Stokes Bay Road.

The event runs from 2pm to 5pm.