Join us for the big beach clean

Published : 09 Sep 2016 Last update : 20 Sep 2016

Help keep our coastline and beaches clean for ever, for everyone by joining us for the big beach clean on 17 September 2016.

The National Trust, in conjunction with The Marine Conservation Society (MCS), the UK’s leading marine charity, is calling on members and volunteers to help us clean up our beaches.

The Beach Clean helps scientist to build up a comprehensive picture of the amount of litter which ends up on the beaches around Northern Ireland. So if you love the beach, hate litter and have got a few hours spare next Saturday then this is just the thing for you!

There are a number of beach clean events planned around the Northern Ireland coastline. Here are the details for the events on beaches cared for by the National Trust:

Murlough Natural Nature Reserve
10am – 2pm. Meet at Murlough main car park.

Portstewart Strand
10am – 12 noon. Meet at Harry’s Shack.

Strangford Lough
10am – 12 noon. Booking essential – call 028 4278 7769

Why beach clean matters
During the Great Northern Ireland Beach Clean in 2015, 7,030 litter items were collected from the seven beaches surveyed. An average of 6,695.2 litter items per km was recorded compared to 1,644.1 in 2014, representing over a 300% increase.

'Beach cleaning is fantastic fun,' says MCS Beachwatch Manager, Lauren Eyles. 'Spending time near the sea always lifts people’s spirits and combined with that  personal feel good factor, data from NI will join that from over 100 countries worldwide as part of the International Coastal Clean-up organised by Ocean Conservancy which provides a global snapshot of beach litter.'

For a list of other beach cleans in Northern Ireland visit