So another day clearing up the mess left from the recent January storms. This time we were joined by the Farlington volunteers down at Southmoor. With new grazing season waiting in the wings it is time to check all our fence lines and pick up any rubbish which might get ingested by the cows. The weight of sea water from recent overtopping has pushed the stock fence down in many places meaning there will be plenty of remedial works needed before cattle can return. There was also a huge amount of rubbish removed from the reserve, enough to fill the back of the truck.
Its always shocking when walking the strand line after a storm. The huge amount of rubbish (most of it plastics) that ends up in our seas is truly awful. After some quick internet searches, the facts and figures are startling; there are an estimated 6 billion tons of plastics in our seas. 86% of turtle species, 43% of seabirds and 44% of sea mammals have plastics in their guts, mistaking tiny fragments as food. If ever there was an advert for reduce reuse and recycle, spending another day clearing rubbish washed in from the sea and feeling like your clean-up was a drop in the ocean was it!
However it wasn’t all doom and gloom! We saw a Green Sandpiper and 2 Mediterranean gulls kept us company for much of the day, circling overhead.