Volunteers join together for Holkham beach clean
Scores of people did their bit for the planet as they took part in a beach clean-up at a popular coastal beauty spot at the weekend.
Supporters gathered from across Norfolk for the effort at Holkham beach on Sunday, which was arranged by estate staff.
Organiser Jonathan Holt, pictured front, centre, said he had experienced the devastating effects of litter on the local wildlife.
He said: “I’ve seen birds with their beaks constricted by discarded fishing gear, sea birds with stomachs full of plastic and even seals have been washed up on the shoreline.”
The clean-up collected 30 bags full of litter including wet wipes, a product the government has proposed to ban in the next few years. The debris found was “mostly plastic”.
The beachcombing team also unearthed several barbecues, evidence left behind from this year’s record-breaking heatwave. However, the use of barbecues on Holkham beach has been banned, because of the potential hazards.
The clean-up demonstrates the growing awareness of the need to protect the seas, a passion which Mr Holt attributes to documentaries such as Blue Planet, though he stresses it is not a new problem. MLNF-18MF010149