Leave nothing but Footprints....

Tuesday 22nd September 2015

Footprints in the Sand Footprints in the Sand ~ © BareFoot Photographer/Nikki Banfield

Our Islands, being surrounded by water as they are, acquire lots of flotsam and jetsam (less poetically known as rubbish) washed and blown up on our beaches and around our coastlines; especially during the storms. But it's often not until you really start looking that you realise how much of it there actually is!

The Marine Conservation Society's Great British Beach Clean ran from the 18th to the 21st September this year with hundreds of beach clean events organised to take place all over the country.

As part of the Great British Beach Clean the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) combined forces and arranged an event on one of Scilly's smaller and now uninhabited islands, Samson.  

For those that don't know Samson it is definitely an island of contrasts; during the summer it can be an idyllic island paradise, of white sands, warm blue seas and lush green vegetation; during the autumn and winter it is often battered by the Atlantic storms and immense seas making it very bleak and lonely.

Just getting to Samson can be an experience in itself; how many other beach cleaners can say they had to "walk-the-plank" before they even started their beach clean?! 

However, "walk-the-plank" they did and ten volunteers and three hours later TWENTY SIX black sacks worth of rubbish were collected, along with a number of fish boxes and larger pieces of plastic.  

The majority of the rubbish collected was plastic bottles; found along the beaches, amongst the rocks and also in the undergrowth of the "saddle" where, although you couldn't see the bottles, you could hear them crunching under foot as you walked across the vegetation.

Our Ranger Team have since taken the collected rubbish to our Local Waste Disposal Site on St Mary's where it was weighed and disposed of appropriately.  

We collected a massive FOUR HUNDRED AND TWENTY kilos of flotsam and jetsam (much of which was from the Samson beach clean but some was from other collections which have taken place throughout the year).


We would like to offer the following thanks to:

  • The hardy volunteers who joined us for the beach clean event and did an amazing job!
  • St Mary's Boatmen's Association for providing transport to and from Samson for the volunteers, as well as returning the collected rubbish to St Mary's so that our Ranger Team could dispose of it appropriately.
  • All the individuals who have offered their support, kind words and thanks through Social Media and in person for a job well done.

We will be organising similar events over the coming months so please keep an eye out for further information popping up and come and join us if you can!

Tagged with: Events & Shows, AONB, Beach clean, Great British Beach Clean, Marine Conservation Society, Samson, Volunteers