122 bin bags cleaned up

Head of conservation at Northumberland Wildlife Trust, Steve Lowe, with one of the volunteer groups. Photo by Northumberland Wildlife Trust.

Head of conservation at Northumberland Wildlife Trust, Steve Lowe, with one of the volunteer groups. Photo by Northumberland Wildlife Trust.

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Volunteers have taken part in a beach clean-up took which took place on the north side of Druridge Bay.

Steve Lowe and Aurelie Bohan from Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s conservation team welcomed volunteers from the Environment Agency and the Northumberland Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (NIFCA) to the wildlife charity’s Hauxley nature reserve for a huge exercise at the site’s beach.

In five hours, hundreds of plastic bottles, cotton buds, a bike, a DVD player, over 100 balloons and spent ammunition from the Second World War were just some of the items collected, which equated to 122 bin bags each averaging 2.5kg, giving a grand total of 305kg of waste.

Steve Lowe, head of conservation at the trust, said: “It’s frustrating just how much rubbish washes up on our lovely beaches.

“I would urge everybody to take some responsibility.”