Tuesday, 21 April 2015

FRED and MCS Big Beach Clean Up UPDATED

Dear friends,

Join us for a morning and/or afternoon of practical conservation tasks at Coatham Marsh nature reserve followed by a beach clean around TunedIn.

FRED and Tees Valley Wildlife Trust have teamed up with forester volunteers to tidy up the entrance to the reserve, paint signs and put up a new fence.

After lunch we will carry out a beach clean and survey of litter as part of the Marine Conservation Society National Event. https://www.mcsuk.org/ Bags of litter collected will be counted and weighed to provide measurable results.

By joining in this weekend you are contributing to a national and global survey as well as meeting other local people who want to help keep their environment and beaches clean and beautiful for everyone to enjoy.

Join us!

Order of the day

COATHAM MARSHES - Warrenby entrance

Meeting and Refreshments – 10:00 – 10:30

10:30 – 12:00 – Clearing and tidying car park area, this will involve the following; erecting new timber boards along existing car park fence, cutting back large sections of bramble and scrub, painting existing metal art structures near the entrance and litter picking. Volunteers will be assigned an activity appropriate to ability, age etc.

12:00 – 13:00 – All members will travel to Tuned In! For lunch


13:15 – 15:30 - Volunteers will be joined by local Friends Groups to help gather litter and fill out the MSC survey, in order to contribute to the national beach clean study.

15:30 – 16:00 – All bags and survey results are gathered together.

Here's our blog from April!

Thank you all for your efforts this morning (10th May 2015) to collect and log the variety of litter and waste items on our beach in Redcar. There was around 30 volunteers who turned out and collected over 30 bags of rubbish in groups of 3 or 4. Charting the items it was clear that there were many dog poo bags collected around Majuba near the dunes and the other 'usual suspect' was cotton bud sticks. Lots of plastic, glass and cans were also found around the dunes. 

The catalogued items will be collated along with the other national events to provide evidence of the problems that exist on our beaches. This will hopefully generate solutions to tackle the problems.

Thank you all very much and a special thank you to Paul Kitchener of Peak Image for coming along and photographing the event. 

These guys (along with Tricia Darley below) have been with us from our very beginning. Thank you so much Tracy, Jean, June, Laura, Gail, Christopher and Emma. Unsung heroes we salute you. They love litter picking especially in November :)
Tricia Darley 

Still a lot of work required on the dunes which will require the support of RCBC. It has to change and become safe and clean if we are going to be a viable destination for beach goers.

Logging items found - "One sock - black, 15 dog poo bags, 74 cotton bud sticks, 12 coke cans, one pair of underpants - purple paisley."

Councillor Alec Brown and the "ankle biter"

Thank you so much -  Another great effort to lift our home. We have a fantastic community in Redcar. Come and join us friendsofredcar@gmail.com and make some new friends. 

For more photos click here:

FRED at Majuba car park on Sunday the 10th May 2015 at 10:30a.m took part in the annual "Big Beach Clean Up" from the Marine Conservation Society.

This is a national event sponsored by Marks & Spencer's that year on year sees thousands of volunteers on hundreds of beaches around Great Britain. 

So be part of this national event and join us to help keep Redcar beach looking it's  best.

More information can be found here: