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The SAS Big Spring Beach Clean will be taking place at over 60 beaches nationwide this month to tackle the growing marine litter crisis hitting UK shores.

Hundreds of volunteers will be cleaning beaches from the Orkney Isles to the Lands’ End, at locations chosen by local communities because of the accumulation of marine litter. Sadly, the springtime reveals the true severity of the marine litter crisis. The impact of winter storms and in absence of seasonal council beach cleaning operations, the build-up of litter can be truly shocking. Typical examples of marine litter include rubbish from beach users, sewage-related debris, waste from commercial shipping, nets and fish boxes from fishing vessels and medical waste.

Big Spring Beach Cleans will take place on 22nd, 23rd & 24th March between 11am and 2pm (unless otherwise stated) and SAS is calling for volunteers everywhere to join the effort. The events are an important part of SAS’s growing conservation programme, helping communities tackle environmental issues through engaging, fun and effective initiatives, safeguarding special and unique beaches for everyone to enjoy. Find your nearest Big Spring Beach Clean below and bring along family and friends to help make this our biggest Big Spring Beach Clean ever!

Beach Location Date Time Meeting Point
South West
Avon Gorge, Bristol 23rd 10:00 – 13:00 Foot of Rownham Hill/Clanage Rd
Berrow Beach 23rd 10:30 – 12:30 Toll Road opposite Unity Holidays
Culver Cliff Beach Minehead 24th 11:00 – 13:00 At the start of Culver Cliff Walk
Weston Super Mare* 15th 12:00 – 14:00 *
Saunton Sands 24th 11:00 – 13:00 Bottom of the slip-way
Bude Crooklets 23rd 10:00 – 11:30 Outside Bude Surf Life Saving Club
Polzeath 23rd 11:00 – 13:00 RNLI Lifeguard Station
Watergate 23rd 11:00 – 13:00 Bottom of ramp, next to cafe
Great Western 23rd 11:00 – 14:00 On the beach
Perranporth 23rd 10:00 – 11:30 Watering hole
Penhale* 22nd TBC TBC
Porthtowan 24th 10:30 – 13:00 Beach entrance
Portreath 22nd 11:00 – 13:00 In front of Surf Lifesaving Club
Sennen Cove 24th 14:00 – 16:00 Sennen Surfing Centre
Swanpool 22nd 14:00 – 17:00 Next to beach entrance, opposite cafe
Par Beach 24th 10:00 – 13:00 Beach car park
Wembury 23rd 13:00 – 16:00 TBC
Exeter Surf Club* TBC TBC TBC*
Exmouth Beach 24th 11:00 – 14:00 Near lifeboat station
Sidmouth 22nd 11:00 – 13:30 Sidmouth beach, Opp Coast guards
Instow 22nd 11:00-14:00 By beach wall
Porth Beach, Newquay* 23/24 11:00-14:00 council owned beach car park
Seaton, Devon 23rd 10:30 – 13:30 Fishermans Gap
Lyme Regis 23rd 10:30 – 12:30 On the beach
South Coast & South East
Shoeburyness East Beach (New Date) 30th 11:00 – 13:00 In front of East Beach car park
Hengistbury Head, Bournemouth 24th 11:00 – 13:00 On beach, down from car park BH6 4EN
Crow’s Nest Beach Highcliffe 23rd 12:00 – 14:00 Crazywater Shop, 402 Lymington Rd
Fields Beach, Isle of Wight 23rd 11:00-13:00 Compton Car park
Portsmouth 23rd 10:00 – 14:00 Southsea Rowing Club
Brighton, Shoreham – Hotpipe 23rd 11:00-13:00 Beside car park next to Carat’s Cafe
Viking Bay, Broadstairs 23rd 11:00 – 14:00 Kiddies Corner
Margate Main Sands 24th 11:00 – 14:00 Kiddies Corner
Ramsgate Main Sands 25th 11:00 – 14:00 Kiddies Corner
East Anglia
Cromer Beach, East NEW TIME: 30th 14:30 – 16:30 At Cedar house surf shop
North West
South Shore Blackpool 24th 11:00- 13:00 Blackpool Light Craft Club
North East
Sandilands, Lincolnshire 24th 11:00 – 13:00 Beach car park, Sandilands
South Bay, Scarborough 24th 10:00 – 12:00 Spa complex end
Saltburn Postponed  24th 10.00 – 13.00 Saltburn Surf School.Lower Promenade
Longsands 23rd 11:00 – 13:00 Bottom of slipway, in front of Grand Hotel
Blyth 23rd 11:00 – 14:00 By the Bandstand
 Warkworth, Amble 23rd 10:00-12:00
Coldingham Bay 24th 11:00 – 13:00 On the beach
North Berwick, East Beach 23rd 11:00 – 13:00 On the beach
Aberdeen Beach 23rd 14:00 – 16:00 “Fittie end of Beach”
Skaill bay, Orkney 23rd 11:00 – 13:00 Skaill Bay
Caroy, Isle of Skye 23rd 11:00 – 14:00 St Johns Chapel, car park
Barassie Beach , Troon 23rd 11:00 – 14:00 on the beach
Northern Ireland
East Strand, Portrush 23rd 10:00 – 13:00 Carpark
West Strand, Portrush 22nd 11:00 – 14:00 Carpark
Portmore, Portstewart 24th 11:00 – 14:00 Lower carpark
Kinmel Bay, Rhyl (New date) 06/06 11:00 – 14:00 Carpark, St Asaph Avenue, LL18 5EZ
Rhos on sea 22nd 13:00 – 15:00 Sunset Club surf shop
West Shore, Llandudno 23rd 14:00 – 16:00 Great Orem end of the beach
Conwy Morfa 24th 15:00 – 17:00 Conwy caravan park carpark
Porth Neigwl, Hells Mouth 23rd 10:00 – 14:00 Hells mouth car park
South Beach, Aberystwyth 23rd 11:00 – 13:00 Steps by the trap, opposite RNLI
Newgale beach 23rd 11:00 – 13:00 Middle Carpark, by the LG Hut
Amroth beach 24th 11:00 – 14:00 Opposite The Pirate cafe
Llangennith 24th 11:00 – 14:00 Car park
Rest Bay 23rd 10:00 – 12:00 Rest hotel, Rest bay.
Coney Beach. 24th 11:00-13:00 Car park


*Beach cleans being run by private organisations for their clients only

Marine pollution is a direct threat to SAS’s vision of clean, sustainable, thriving coastal communities existing in harmony with nature. Marine litter can devastate our beaches and severely affect the public’s enjoyment of these beautiful places. The majority of beach users rank cleanliness as a priority in choosing their destination and a 2005 ENCAMS study showed that 97% of people avoided beaches with 10, or more, large litter items per metre.

Plastics makes up the vast majority of marine litter and never truly break down. Experts suggest plastic left in the environment will be with us in some microscopic form many thousands of years. When in the sea, plastics can adsorb toxic chemicals, becoming increasingly harmful over time, and often entering the food chain when mistaken for food items by marine organisms. Over 100,000 marine mammals and over 1 million seabirds die every year from ingestion of and entanglement in marine litter.

To register for your local Big Spring Beach Clean or for more information please contact Maren Eriksen on 01872 553 001 or projects [at] sas [dot] org [dot] uk

SAS would like to thank Klean Kanteen, Speedo International and the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) for their support in making this project possible.

SAS will provide bin bags and antibacterial hand wash, there will be a certain number of heavy duty gloves at each clean but encourage people to bring their own where possible.

Hugo Tagholm, SAS Executive Director

The marine litter crisis is a major issue hitting beautiful beaches right around the UK. The SAS Big Spring Beach Clean empowers communities and educates the public on how we can all play our part in turning the tide of marine litter.