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Slapton Sands Beach Clean

Unfortunately due to the Coronavirus outbreak the FSC have cancelled the beach clean on Saturday 11th April.

At the moment we hope the event on Saturday 12th September will go ahead as planned, between 10am – 12pm.

Meet at the Memorial (Middle) car park where there is free parking for beach cleaning volunteers.


After recent storm winds, large quantities of plastic and other materials have been stranded on Slapton Sands. As well as the beach itself, litter has unfortunately made it across the road and become entangled with vegetation on an area of the nature reserve we call the back slope. From here if left, the litter would eventually make its way into the Ley and cause problems for the ecosystem and wildlife that lives there.

Virtually all plastic ever made still exists, and it is believed it will take between 500 and 1,000 years for it degrade. But even when it starts to break down it does so into tiny pieces which we are starting to find in a growing number of places. Many seabirds, cetaceans, turtles and growing number of fish have been found with plastic inside their bodies and now also inside the food we eat and in bottled water too.

So please come and help us reduce the amount of plastic in our environment. You can drop in between 10am and 1pm at the Memorial (Middle) car park. Parking for beach cleaning volunteers is free and we provide gloves and bags but please bring your own gloves if you have any.

It's a great way to spend a few hours and help keep our wonderful beach wonderful!


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