Woolacombe and Saunton Beach Lovers Turn Out In Force

SAS’s excellent Autumn continued on the weekend of the 12th & 13th of November at beautiful Woolacombe and Saunton Beaches. Over 150 volunteers  joined us in glorious sunshine and helped to remove almost half a tonne of marine litter from this amazing stretch of coastline.

Woolacombe: Beautiful weather and perfect waves provided the prefect backdrop for the first of our Autumn Beach Clean series in collaboration with the Crown Estate. Sadly we were also greeted by a long, long strandline full of ocean microplastics and mermaids tears. 51 volunteers helped us to remove 96kg of litter from this well kept beach, the vast majority of the litter collected consisted of marine microplastics such as our old foe, thousands of ‘Mermaids Tears’. The weird fish competition was won by Maggie, who found a frying pan!

Saunton: Yet another beautiful day and a smaller swell filled us with enthusiasm and we were amazed by the turnout. Over 100 beach clean volunteers, including many from the day before at Woolacombe, helped us to remove a massive 376kg of marine litter. The weird fish was won hands down by a pair of fishermans galoshes (luckily minus the fisherman).

We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who joined us this weekend, proving beyond a shadow of a doubt how important these beautiful beaches are to the people of North Devon and the UK as a whole. We look forward to the weekend of the 26th and 27th of November at Westward Ho! Full details of the remaining North Devon Beach Clean Series are below;

  • Westward Ho! – 26th November 11am – 1pm – Meet on the beach at the bottom of the slipway (we will have two tents and a flag flying)
  • Woody Bay – 27th November – 10am – Midday – Meet on the beach  (we will have two tents and a flag flying)
  • Lynmouth – 27th November – 2pm – 4pm – Meet on the beach, to the East of the river and in front of the pitch and putt golf (we will have two tents and a flag flying)

Please let us know that you’ll be joining us by emailing dom@sas.org.uk or calling 01872 555 953

Please note:

  • SAS will be conducting a health & safety briefing for all volunteers before each event
  • Volunteers under 16 must be accompanied by an adult
  • We ask all volunteers to come dressed in appropriate clothing, including footwear, for the weather on the day of their beach clean.
  • Make sure you protect yourself from the sun, rain or wind!

The Crown Estate

The Crown Estate’s responsibility is to maintain and enhance the value of the estate and its income over the long-term, having regard to good management. We operate as a commercial organisation paying our surplus revenue (profit) to the Treasury for the benefit of the nation every year: in 2010/11 this was £230.9 million. We combine the commercial imperative with an equally firm commitment to integrity and stewardship, part of which involves facilitating the development of marine renewables on our marine estate and providing funds for scientific research and community projects that promote responsible management of the marine estate. We are pleased to support Surfers Against Sewage in their efforts to assist the community in protecting their environment and removing litter from north Devon’s coastline.