Sign up to beach clean

Litter-pickers are being urged to waste no time in signing up to help clear the Northumberland coast.

The Great British Beach Clean, organised by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), takes place later this month, and volunteers are needed to bag and record the rubbish at Cresswell Dunes, near Lynemouth.

Beach litter has risen steadily in the 20 years since the MCS started recording it, with small bits of plastic being the most frequently found litter on UK beaches in last year’s survey.

However, after highlighting the nuisance of dog poo bags and sewage-related debris on beaches in previous years, the society has seen reductions in the waste.

The Creswell beach clean takes place on September 19, from noon to 2pm. It should take a few hours at most. A co=ordinator will explain how to fill in a data form to log the waste and issue litter-picking kit and bin bags.

To register to take part visit www.mcsuk.org/greatbritishbeachclean