Volunteers muck in on Exe Estuary clean up

PUBLISHED: 15:39 19 September 2017 | UPDATED: 15:42 19 September 2017

Volunteers on Exe Estuary during a clean up event Picture: Devon County Council

Volunteers on Exe Estuary during a clean up event Picture: Devon County Council

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Volunteers only found half a skip’s worth of rubbish on the Exe Estuary, during the bi-annual clean up

The amount of discarded rubbish found in an Exmouth beauty spot is on the decline, a clean-up event has found.

An assortment of rubbish including lumps of concrete, car tyres and broken glass was found during the 20th clean-up of the Exmouth Local Nature Reserve, in the Exe Estuary.

There was also a pair of clay smoking pipes, believed to date back to the 18th or 19th century.

Exmouth volunteers, lead by Stephanie, helped clear some of the recreational and wildlife areas.

This year, volunteers only found enough rubbish to fill half a skip, provided by East Devon District Council, less than during previous events.

Exe Estuary officer Stephanie Clark said: “We are finding that every year there is a little less rubbish to clean up and that’s really good news.

“It indicates that there is an increasing awareness of the impact litter has on the environment and wildlife and that the message is getting through.

“Thank you to all the people, businesses and organisations which helped out. Your hard work really makes a difference.”

Prior to the clean up, the partnership been asked by a lady to look out for a dog lead and a guide dog whistle.

Now the partnership is looking to reunite the owner with these items.

Stephanie added: “I’m pleased to say we have found those items, so if she could contact (on 01392 382236) I would be delighted to return them to her.”

McDonalds Exmouth and Krispies Fish and Chips, in Exeter Road, provided free refreshments which were served to volunteers at the GWRSA Railway Club, in Royal Avenue.

Stuart Lines Cruises also laid on a free boat ride with entertainment provided by ACE Music.

The Exe Estuary Management Partnership held the event with the Marine Conservation Society as part of the UK-wide Great British Beach Clean.

Information gathered during the clean up will help the Marine Conservation Society to approach specific manufacturers with a view to finding ways to reduce rubbish reaching the beach.

According to the society, the main sources of litter are the public - three per cent, sewage related debris - seven per cent and shipping - three per cent.

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