Plenty of plastic waste was gathered up and disposed of by members of Ferring Conservation Group as they took on their last beach clean of the year.
Around 30 members of the group met by the beach huts, where event organiser Jenny Gritxi explained the results would count towards, and be submitted to, the Marine Conservation Society’s annual nationwide beach clean.
After the necessary health and safety talk hi-vis jackets, black bags and litter pickers were distributed and Jenny directed the helpers to spread out along the stretch of beach between the Bluebird Café and Sea Lane.
Nine-year-old Lewis Yates was participating as part of his work towards a Blue Peter badge in conservation to add to his collection.
Although few large items of rubbish were found, group members saw there was still much evidence of small plastic items, many of which were tucked under foliage, pebbles and rocks.
They believe the plastic bag charge seems to have had a significant impact from the evidence of this beach clean.
The group hopes better wet wipe labelling and greater awareness of single use plastic items will also improve the plastic waste situation going forward.
Jenny said a small toy elephant she had found by the shore was similar to others from a consignment of soft toys that were lost at sea when four shipping containers went overboard in rough seas in 2004.