Marine litter is human created waste that has either been deliberately discarded, accidently lost, or transported by winds and rivers, into the sea and on beaches. Marine litter is not just unsightly but can be dangerous too. It can cause harm to public health and injury to our marine and coastal wildlife.
You can find out more about the global problem of marine litter and nurdles, as well as what is being done to tackle it here. Next, you can discover more about the strandline. Explore both natural and man made items on our information sheets here.
Do you want to get more involved with Community Beach Cleans? You can find out more about how to get involved with existing groups or to set up your own group here.
If you want to hear about any upcoming beach cleans, we will be sharing them on our social media channels. As well this you can find them on our map here, along with information on past clean ups.
Solway Firth Partnership is currently running the Solway Marine Litter Project which has the ambition to have over 200 miles of cleaner coastline in Dumfries and Galloway. Find out more about the project and how you can get involved here.
In a second project, Making More of the Coast, we are partnering with Devorgilla Rotary to provide information and resources to schools and youth groups in and around Dumfries and the nearby coast. This will help them explore a range of topics relating to marine litter. Find out more about this education project here.
Previously, the Solway Coast is Clear Project looked at innovative projects being run elsewhere. This will inform future projects. You can find out about it here.