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Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve ‘plastic pick’

Old fridges, toy cars and drums full of oil were just some of the items collected during an annual clean-up along the foreshore of a Northern England beauty spot.

A team of 25 people joined forces to clear an area of the National Nature Reserve shoreline at Lindisfarne as part of the second annual ‘plastic pick’ aimed at combing the reserve to gather plastic waste.

The initiative forms part of a wider Natural England programme of litter picks across the reserve, with litter picking implements and bags being supplied by the reserve team.

Gareth Dockerty, BASC North regional officer, said: “The annual event provides a great opportunity for wildfowlers to catch up after the season and help give something back.

“The whole morning was a real team effort. The enthusiasm from all involved was fantastic. It’s always surprising to see what gets washed up along our coastline.

“It would also be wonderful to think other wildfowling clubs across the country could follow this example. The first weekend after the coastal season is over could provide the perfect opportunity for a huge annual wildfowling plastic pick across the country.”

Andrew Craggs, senior reserve manager at Lindisfarne NNR, said: “We have a great working relationship with BASC and are very grateful for their help with the litter pick. Litter is an ongoing battle for our staff and volunteers across the reserve, so days like this are a great help.”

The Purdey Award-winning Natural England wildfowling permit scheme at Lindisfarne is administered by BASC North on behalf of Natural England working in partnership with the Wildfowling Management Group.

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