Volunteers muck in to help clean up estuary

PUBLISHED: 12:30 31 May 2016

Volunteers helping to clean up the Exe Estuary in Exmouth

Volunteers helping to clean up the Exe Estuary in Exmouth

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Nearly 100 volunteers braved the wet weather at Exmouth Local Nature Reserve to clean the internationally-designated site of rubbish.

This was the 17th clean-up event that the Exe Estuary Management Partnership had run.

The Exmouth Local Nature Reserve is an area of tidal sand and mud at the southern end of the estuary, near the town’s train station.

Volunteers of all ages gathered rubbish, large and small, ranging from small pieces of glass at the shoreline to weathered and broken crab pots.

The collected rubbish filled a skip, leaving the nature reserve spotless and ready for the summer visitors.

At the end of the clean-up, Stuart Line Cruises offered volunteers a free trip with drink and a buffet, while ACE Music provided the entertainment.

The next clean-up will take place in September, and the partnership invited other businesses and organisations to support the event.

Councillor Bernard Hughes OBE, chairman of the Exe Estuary Management Partnership, said: “The Exe Estuary clean-ups are an excellent opportunity for the community to get together and work to improve the environment and safety of the estuary.

“We are particularly grateful to organisations such as East Devon District Council and the National Trust, whose help with this event will make a huge difference to the amount of litter that we can clear.

“The support of local businesses, such as Stuart Line Cruises, has proved incredibly important at all of the events we have run and demonstrates their commitment to the estuary.”

Stephanie Clark, Devon County Council Exe Estuary officer, said: “Litter and waste not only detracts from the beautiful landscape and harms wildlife, but is also a hazard for people who enjoy using the site for recreation, such as walking their dogs, kite surfing, and bird watching.”

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