Beach Clean Update November 201621st of August, 2019
Thank-you everyone who continue to help our beach cleaning efforts. The efforts of many volunteers since the project began in August 2013 is visibly noticeable now. It is possible to walk for many metres along the shore and not see any litter. However, our work will never cease, as there will no doubt be more marine litter brought onto the reserve by the big tides created by the super moon this week. Our next event is on Saturday 26th November from 12.30pm onwards. Join us if you can! So what has been going on in November? We have been without the 4 x 4 Gator for several weeks, after an oil pipe failed due to salt water corrosion and all of the engine oil drained out of the engine block. This happened near the top end of the nature reserve and a long way from base so unfortunately nobody noticed before now. Our pre-planned emergency procedure was put into action and our friends at BAE airfield came to our aid and managed to tow our 4 x 4 back to base. The engine has since been completely stripped down and is in the process of being re-built. It will be an expensive repair! In the meantime, beach cleaning has continued, but entirely on foot. We have been able to carry some of the bagged rubbish back for collection, but a lot has been stashed in the sand dunes awaiting the return of the Gator when we will be able to bring it all back to West Shore to be weighed and disposed of. Our latest beach cleaning event took place on Saturday 12th November. We were saddened to come across a dead juvenile harbour porpoise, left on the shingle bank by the receding tide. It was about 1.5m long and estimated to be 18 and 24 months old. There was no obvious cause of death, but it appeared that it had died at sea and part of its head had been subsequently eaten. The harbour porpoise is the most common cetacean in UK waters. This is the second dead one that we have discovered on the shore of the nature reserve this season.