The ‘Beach Guardian’ is a project based in Cornwall, United Kingdom. Over the years regular beach cleaning has been done to collect and remove rubbish from the beaches; mainly washed up with the tide and mainly plastics from the sea. These beach cleans are normally carried out by one or two people, but larger ones with local communities are also organised.
The project’s aims and objectives include:
- More regular, organised, community Beach Cleans and to encourage participation in the #2MinuteBeachClean initiative
- Educational Events to discuss about the impact on our local beaches and seas from plastics in the oceans
- Encourage more local people to do beach cleans and share their findings
- To record and report dead animals to Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Egg Cases to The Shark Trust and all washed up animals to the Marine Strandings Network
- To encourage more local businesses to support the “Final Straw Cornwall” and “Refill Cornwall” initiatives
- To encourage local Councils to adopt the Surfers Against Sewage Plastic-free Status Award.
- To encourage all of Cornwall’s Harbours and fishermen to engage in the “Fishing for Litter” initiative
- To do art installations using plastics found washed up on local beaches to raise awareness
- To work with Visit Cornwall, TICs and holiday companies to ensure that visitors to Cornwall engage and are aware of these and other initiatives
- To introduce other schemes that have worked elsewhere in the country, such as “fill a bucket with plastic off the beach and claim a free cup of coffee” at beach cafes etc