Wednesday, 8 June 2016

2 Minute Beach Clean - a Guide with Jon Thurnell-Read

Green Hampshire is once again delighted to play host to a guest article. This time we hear from Jon Thurnell-Read and his passion for cleaning up our beaches.  Jon says he has been based in the New Forest for 12 years, currently works as Head of Visitor Services at Exbury Gardens and previously worked for New Forest NPA, The National Trust at Corfe Castle and for the RSPB. He also volunteers with Litter Free Coast & Sea in Dorset, Birdlife Malta and Birders Against Wildlife Crime. His interests include birds, tackling marine litter, museums and being outside on the coast as much as possible. He's on Twitter @Jon_T_R and has just started a blog  During June he's taking part in The Wildlife Trust's 30 Days Wild challenge. Over to you Jon!

2minute Beach Clean is a movement started by Writer and Surfer Martin Dorey in Bude during the winter storms of 2013/2014. It’s simple, accessible & essential. Using the hashtag on both Twitter & Instagram it has grown and become international in just over two years. Spreading from the wilds of the North Cornish coast to Dorset, Ireland, Israel, Bali and beyond.

Whatever your reason for visiting the beach, whether it be walking the dog, on holiday, a family day out, surfing or a full day walking the coast path, spare 2 minutes  to collect a few items of litter & plastics, removing them from the our coast.

You might ask yourself “why bother” as you’re only removing the tiniest fraction of litter from our coast in Hampshire, let alone the global oceans. Last year the Marine Conservation Society found 3,297 items of litter for every km of beach they surveyed, so this really is a problem on a massive scale. But every plastic straw, every tangle of fishing line, every discarded carrier bag that is collected and dispose of properly, is a risk eliminated. Those few items, whether broken beach toys, “disposable” cutlery or drinks bottles are now removed from the beach rather than being washed out with the next tide to further impact marine life for centuries to come.

Once you’ve picked up your haul, it’s time to snap a photo and tag it with #2minutebeachclean on either Twitter or Instagram.  With support from online store Surfdome , who have gone plastic free for all the parcels they send out, featuring on BBC Springwatch the last two years and working with other organisations momentum is building all the time.

2 Minute Beach Clean stations, special A-boards with a bag dispenser and litter pickers are now in dozens of locations, currently absent from Hampshire, would anyone like to change this? And this Saturday is the first 2 Minute Beach Clean Day, so there’s no better time to spend a few moments saying thank you to your beach by giving it a quick tidy and proudly sharing what you find!

Twitter- @2minBeachClean
Instagram- @2minutebeachclean
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