The changes since 1994 make depressing reading:
- the average litter density on uk beaches has increased by 110%
- average figures for the uk are now at 2195 litter items/km of beaches surveyed compared to 1045items/km in 1994
- the density of plastic found on uk beaches is at its highest level EVER !
- average litter density on uk beaches have increased year on year
- the four main sources of beach litter are from the public, fishing, shipping and sewage
The question is am I surprised, how often do you see people throw sweet packs and cigarette's from moving cars?
Marine litter such as fishing nets and plastic litter can cause entanglement for marine wildlife. According to the MCS entanglement in marine litter has been observed in 144 species.
I don't about you but I do despair about my fellow man. It is rather easy to dispose of litter cleanly and if nothing else take it home and stick it in the bin!
Beaches are wonderful places for children to play but not with some of the stuff that we dump on them. Years ago you could run bare foot now there could be glass or worse! The MCS also has a good beach guide.