In April 2013, we'll be working with the Marine Conservation Society to carry out over 110 beach cleans around the UK - why not come along and join in?
Why is beach cleaning so important?
Last year's first annual beach clean-up saw 6,000 volunteers clear rubbish from 100 beaches and canals up and down the country, filling a whopping 3,200 bin bags with cans, wrappers and other litter. Other finds included a set of false teeth and half a sofa in Edinburgh, a cabinet near Liverpool, a ten-pin bowling ball off the coast of Deal and a carpet in Clacton!
As well as keeping our coastline looking beautiful, clean beaches are essential for marine conservation. Some of our best-loved sea life is under threat from ingesting rubbish or getting tangled in it. For example, seabirds can die after plastic bags they've mistaken for food block their stomachs, and this kind of litter has increased on beaches by 135% since 1994.*
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M&S has teamed up with MCS for a second year to clean up the nation's beaches and your help is needed. From 22-28 April teams up and down the country will be collecting rubbish and recording their findings for a MCS report. It only takes an hour or two leaving you with the rest of the day to enjoy the beach. To say thank you, we'll give you £5 off your next £30 food shop.**
So why not come and enjoy a day out in the sunshine and help clean up a beach near you?
Register here with MCS to take part in a beach clean.
For the chance to win a £200 M&S gift card, simply tweet a photograph taken at one of our Beach Cleans with @marksandspencer #beachclean. This can be an image of a beach, sea life, any unusual items found or a message drawn in the sand eg Love your beach! Keep our beaches clean!
View the photo gallery from our last beach clean...
* Information taken from MCSUK.ORG.
** Terms apply. See voucher for details. You must pre-register online with the Marine Conservation Society to be eligible to receive the voucher.