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Kick start 2019!

2019 is here! January is always a time for reflection, recovery (excessive mince pies, anyone?) and resolutions.

Whether you’re trying to get fit, spend more time out doors or look for opportunities to spend time together with your family, coming along to a beach clean is the perfect opportunity. With the average event lasting 1.5-2 hours, there’s plenty of time to make a dent in your 10,000 daily steps! It’s also a free way to get some exercise – and there’s no gym that has views that compete with the beautiful north west coast.

If you’ve never been to a beach clean before, don’t fret! Equipment (pickers, gloves, bags) are always provided so all you need to do is dress for the weather and wear some sturdy shoes. It’s also the perfect opportunity to meet new people, great if you’ve just moved to an area or you’re just looking to make some new, like-minded friends.

There’s more than 40 beach cleans listed on our Volunteering page in January alone! So no matter if you live in West Kirby, Blackpool or Silloth there’s one near you

Bispham Coastal Care

Avoid a festive fatberg this Christmas!

We all love a proper Christmas dinner with turkey, roast potatoes and all the trimmings! But did you know that you can help our coastline from the comfort of your kitchen this festive season?

We’re asking everyone to do their bit to keep the beaches clean this Christmas by binning their used cooking fats and oil rather than pouring them down the sink.

If you pour leftover fat from cooking down the sink, even with hot water and washing up liquid, it sets hard in the cold pipes and mixes with other unmentionables flushed down the loo, like wet wipes and sanitary products.

As well as causing problems at home, clogged sewer pipes that take waste water away can cause untreated sewage to run into homes, gardens, streets and even end up in rivers, the sea and on beaches. Yuk!

Each household pours around 14lbs of cooking fats, oils and grease down the sink every year – that’s equivalent to 25 packs of butter! Clearing a blocked drain at your house could cost at least £60 but could be much more. United Utilities attends a blocked drain every 15 minutes.

Protecting our waste pipes from getting blocked and polluting our rivers and seas means everyone doing their bit to help keep them clear.

LOVEmyBEACH, the North West campaign for cleaner beaches and seas has some top tips to avoid blockages:

  • Scrape leftover fat from roasting trays and pans into a heat resistant container then recycle or bin it when cooled
  • Wipe out grease left in pans with kitchen roll and bin it
  • Use a sink strainer to catch food scraps and bin
  • For larger quantities of cooking oils, contact your local council who’ll let you know if and where they can be recycled

Morecambe Bay and Cumbria LOVEmyBEACH officer Hannah Barnes said,

“Everyone loves the beach and wants to help keep them clean, but most people don’t know they can help do this from their home by binning used cooking fats and keeping the pipes clear. Even if you can’t come out on a beach clean you can do this small action that will make a big difference, so please #binit4beaches this Christmas!”

Christmas Posts

Meet our new officer!

Meet our new Fylde LOVEmyBEACH Officer Emily!

With Emma moving on to pastures new, Emily is very excited to join the team as she has grown up on the Fylde coast and has been a regular volunteer on our beach cleans for the last few years.

She learnt to scuba dive in the beautiful waters of Thailand and has been completely in love with the ocean ever since! She was lucky enough to live on a remote beach in Mexico for a few months, monitoring the health of the coral reef every day. Emily ran weekly beach cleans there, although they were much warmer than those on the Fylde Coast!

Some of our volunteers will already recognise Emily as she has been working on the Fylde Coast for the last 18 months, delivering Lancashire Wildlife Trust’s marine project. She is over the moon to be joining LOVEmyBEACH, to help spread the message about how we can all help protect our beautiful local beaches and sea. Be sure to say hello if you see her out and about on the beach!

Emily Parr photo