Latest FWC Beach Clean at North Walney National Nature Reserve - Saturday 6th February21st of August, 2019
The latest beach clean carried out by FWC at North Walney National Nature Reserve (NWNNR) was on Saturday 6th February. Regular members of the beach cleaning team, Steve Benn (Natural England) and Ewan Scott (Furness College) were joined by 3 newbies from Shanks Group's Cumbrian Municipal Division. In the photo are (l - r) John Stanbridge - Site Manager (Southern Resource Park) Paul Wetherell - Site Manager (Northern Resource Park) Colin Walker - Regional MBT Operations Manager During FWC's site visit to Shanks's Mechanical & Biological Treatment (MBT) plant at Sowerby Wood, Barrow on the 10th December, NWNNR could clearly be seen from an external walkway of the MBT, which inspired some of Shanks's staff to participate in a beach clean on the nature reserve. A total of 81kgs of litter was picked and removed from the shoreline by the team of 5. Much of the usual litter was collected including rope, plastic bottles, cotton bud sticks, remnants of helium party balloons and food wrappers. Two hypodermic syringes were found, thankfully without needles. Colin Walker commented 'We all thoroughly enjoyed it despite the weather. Very relaxing in a strange sort of way. It certainly opened our eyes to the amount of rubbish people throw out and the devastating impact this will have on the surrounding wildlife'. FWC beach cleaning events take place between 1st August & 28th February. Steve Benn, the Senior Reserve Manager, likes us to suspend activities by the end of February in order that nesting birds are not disturbed. The beach cleaning project commenced in August 2013 and to date we have picked and removed 4,904kgs of items that shouldn't have been on the shore. We have one more beach clean on Saturday 20th February and hope to collect enough litter to take the project past 5 tonnes!