The Beach Clean Project


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In 2006, a UNEP study estimated 1 million seabirds die from mistaking plastic for food every year as well as around 100,000 sea mammals. The increase in plastic, namely plastic bags and bottles, are the main cause of environmental damage to our beaches.

We have decided to tackle this issue by taking matters into our own hands! To make an impact on the beaches on our doorstep, here in Cornwall, we would love for you to join us on this unique volunteering opportunity.

You may have been to beach cleans before but we’re hoping to make ours a bit different! 

And it's not just beach cleans! River cleans, plastic trawls and plastic repurposing events are just a few things that we've got going so far, and even running workshops to repurpose some of the things we find when we go out on cleans. We've even won a national award for our beach cleaning efforts!

You can help to keep Cornwall clean whilst gaining experience in data collection with our very own surveys, enjoy some exciting guest speakers and socials. We have a few local partnerships (Beach Care, SAS, AK Wildlife Cruises and Big Blue Ocean Cleanup to name but a few) who we’ll be working closely with, so this could open many more doors for the project and for you. This project is open to all students on all courses, as well as local people with a passion for coasts. Keep up to date with our events on our Facebook page.

Project Leaders: Emily Gilford, Rhiannon Akhurst, Katie Tamin, Brooke Fanson and Gethin Jenkins-Jones.

This is an SU Student Led Volunteer Project:




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Mon 16th September

Welcome to Falmouth - Freshers Beach Clean
16th September 2pm - 4pm
The Moor, Castle Beach, Gylly Beach, Swanpool Beach
Want to explore what Cornwall has to offer? We’ll show you the way to the best local beaches, and pick up some litter while we’re there!

Mon 23rd September

Seal Sanctuary Freshers Trip
23rd September 10am - 2pm
Cornish Seal Sanctuary, Gweek
Want to explore what Cornwall has to offer? What better way of checking out the local wildlife than visiting the site of Cornwall’s most heartwarming story! We’ll be visiting the Sanctuary, learning about pup rescue and taking a peek at some totally

Wed 25th September

Freshers Treasure Hunt Beach Clean
25th September 10am - 1pm
Marazion Beach, S W Coast Path, Marazion TR17 0EQ
Want to explore what Cornwall has to offer? Come on a treasure hunt with us to Marazion near Penzance, and we’ll be on the hunt for nurdles, washed up lego and more!

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