Join the clean-up

PUBLISHED: 15:00 27 February 2009 | UPDATED: 10:33 10 June 2010

This year s spring clean of The Otter estuary takes place on Saturday, March 7, between 10am and noon. Large amounts of debris deposited in the nature reserve need to be removed to protect wildlife and preserve the unspoilt beauty of the area. Traditi

This year's spring clean of The Otter estuary takes place on Saturday, March 7, between 10am and noon. Large amounts of debris deposited in the nature reserve need to be removed to protect wildlife and preserve the unspoilt beauty of the area. Traditionally a combined effort by the Otter Valley Association, East Devon District Council and the East Devon Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust, the annual clean-up depends on the efforts of as many volunteers as possible.Parking in the Lime Kiln car park will be free for litter-pickers between 10am and noon and rubbish bags will be provided. Said an OVA spokesperson: "Last year's activity uncovered, in addition to the usual plethora of plastic bags, crisp packets and drink cans, a 19th Century medicine bottle, which was donated to Fairlynch Museum."For a Saturday morning activity with a difference, why not turn up with family and friends and have fun helping the environment? "It will be muddy so bring Wellingtons or walking boots. Protective gloves are also advisable." Children must be supervised by an adult as deep mud can make parts of the area hazardous, even at low tide. Dogs are not permitted in the nature reserve.

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