Wyre Beach Care Project

Figure 1: Knott End Beach, June 2014

Figure 2: Knott End Beach, November 2014

Our beach cleans are held one Tuesday a month 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

  Meeting place - Knott End Ferry Slipway

For a full synopsis of Beach Clean Dates in 2019 please click the relevant link to the right.

If you wish to attend the event and have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us.

2014 Summary

During 2014 the Wyre Waters Catchment Partnership and The Wyre Rivers Trust delivered 10 beach clean events. The beach cleans focussed on Knott End Beach (Figure 1) and were delivered over a 10 month period. The events were delivered in all weather conditions and were supported by volunteers of all ages. Enough litter to fill 250 refuse sacks was collected from the beach, further to this many large, unsightly pieces of metal, plastic and textile were removed from the beach. 

2015 Summary

During 2015 the Wyre Waters Catchment Partnership and The Wyre Rivers Trust delivered a further 11 beach cleans accruing well over  200 hours of volunteer time and collecting a vast amount of litter from the beaches and littoral zone at Knott End. On the 4th of August 2015 we had our highest attendance, when 21 people joined us to help clean the beach. This allowed nearly a weeks worth of work (38.5 hours) to be delivered on the beach in just short of two hours - a fantastic effort. 

Over the period in which the beach cleans were delivered there has been noticeable reduction in the amount of litter which is present on the beach. Occasionally tidal and meteorological conditions lead to a temporary increase in the amount of litter but on the whole it can be said that the Knott End Beach Clean has had a positive impact on the beaches and littoral zone at Knott End

Throughout the events we have highlighted the issue of litter on beaches and the effects it has on the environment, especially that of plastic which is the scourge of many marine organisms across the world. Plastic is unintentionally ingested by cetaceans and birds when they feed, this causes blockages within their bodies. Plastics are also known to absorb and concentrate chemicals which are found in the world’s oceans these chemicals are then absorbed into the bodies of marine organisms, this can be fatal.

This project received funding from the Green Partnership Awards. Green Partnership is supporting projects that have a lasting environmental benefit, involve the community and benefit the community, local wildlife and landscape. The project was also supported by Wyre Borough Council and LOVEmyBEACH  who provided equipment for the beach cleans and removed the litter which was collected.