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Thursday, 12 July 2012

Wed 11th July 2012 - Watershoot Bay - Niton.

Wednesday morning found Team GG heading off for their annual visit to the seaside but instead of the more traditional buckets and spades, we were issued with black bags, litter pickers and clipboards...! It was time for our monitored litter pick down at the most southerly tip of the Island's coastline - Watershoot Bay (just to the west of St Catherine's Lighthouse). Over the last few years, Green Gym has taken part in the survey that looks at what sort of litter and debris is washed up on selected beaches around the UK. It is best described as being a "pick n' tick" exercise - pick up an item of litter - identify it - tick it off on the pre-printed form and then bag it. The completed paperwork is then sent off for correlation with the results being published later in the year.

The GG beach babes were soon dragging huge lumps of timber, pallets, rope etc up the beach to where a mini mountain of black bags started to pile up. This year there seemed to be a considerable increase in the amount of rope along with fishing nets and lines - it will be interesting to see if this is just a local issue or nation wide. Although we had a couple of short, sharp showers the weather was good to us and the gusty SW wind soon dried clothing off again.

Many thanks to Carrie for the photographs.

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