Calgary Bay Beach Blitz

Sunday 12th saw our bi-annual beach blitz at Calgary Bay,

Calgary Bay

Calgary Bay

As ever we had a wonderful turn out from locals and visitors including campers in the campsite. With an added incentive of their being cream eggs to find, the ‘blitzers’ heading out in cheery groups across the bay to gather the residue of the storms.
As ever, there was a horrific amount of fisherman’s twine and residue, which left in the sea, would have taken over a 100 years to decompose and by then potentially having threatened the life of many of our sea creatures. Below is an image from the North Atlantic Garbage patch.

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The North Atlantic Garbage Patch

It is an area of man-made debris found floating in the middle of the Atlantic and estimated to be hundreds of kilometres across in size, with a density of over 200,000 pieces of debris per square kilometre. So next time you think of throwing something out and not into a bin and disposing of it responsibly think of the effect it is having on our environment and our wildlife, whether it be land or sea and lets not make the North Atlantic Garbage patch any bigger.

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So for our efforts at Calgary, we managed to gather 2 trailer loads of rubbish, upgrade some of the picnic tables, clear the camping area of some of the seaweed brought in by the storm tides and find the hidden cream eggs. I did hear an adult whom had found a small glove belong to small child (also beach cleaning), well a 9 year old, trying to bribe him to give him his glove back for a cream egg, thankful said small child held onto his egg and got his glove back.(All  in good fun!)

The afternoon ended with a very sociable refreshment session, with tea, coffee, juice, biscuits, crisps and home baking, very much enjoyed by all.

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Tea time

Thanks everyone for all your hard work!

Watch out for more fun events during the summer months and visit our events calendar to see what is on.

: ) Jan And Tikka!

What a load of rubbish!!

Very satisfying day today, the time was finally right to collect all that rubbish piled up on the beaches of Burg and Iona!  Earlier in the year hardworking Thistle Campers (www.nts.org.uk/thistlecamps) had cleared the coastline, taking out what they could carry and leaving behind the heavy stuff, including 2 lorry tyres and lots of broken creels.  I’ve been waiting for the right weather to take it all away and thanks to some very cheery helpers and sunny calm conditions, today was the day!  We did give the beautiful B.Marie a temporary alternative makeover as a rubbish barge, but she’s none the worse for the ordeal, and our haul is now piled as neatly as possible on Fionnphort pier ready for the bin lorry to take it away.  Many thanks to Mark, Stuart, David and Sophie for all their efforts and our contribution to making some of our coastline and seas a little bit cleaner.

You’ve probably seen some of the shocking photos of the effects of marine litter on wildlife, and even entire islands made up of floating plastic…but this week I came across a hopeful twist, a company which is processing plastic taken from the sea into threads to weave fabric, and make it into clothes to sell – how’s that for creative recycling?!

If this has inspired you, more beachcleaning opportunities after our Scoor Cave walk on 3rd September.

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