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The Drumlemble pupils who braved the elements to pick up litter. NO_c40beachclean01

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Information gathered by a group of Kintyre primary pupils will contribute to a national survey on marine litter.

P4-7s from Drumlemble primary school visited Machrihanish beach on a blustery day in September with Andrea McShannon from the GRAB Trust, for a beach clean as part of the Beaches and Marine Litter project.

The children wanted to do something to help their community and thought it was important to look after Kintyre’s beautiful beaches. They spent an hour enthusiastically collecting litter with gloves and litter pickers and managed to fill three large bags.

The youngsters were surprised at the amount of litter on the beach and aim to dispose of their own waste carefully so it doesn’t end up as litter on a beach in the future and thus helping protect the local wildlife.

After the beach clean the children completed a tricky and detailed marine litter survey for the Marine Conservation Society’s Great British Beach Clean. Their data will go towards a nationally published document on the state of British beaches.

The pupils in action on Machrihanish beach with Andrea McShannon from the GRAB Trust. NO_c40beachclean02
The pupils in action on Machrihanish beach with Andrea McShannon from the GRAB Trust. NO_c40beachclean02

The Drumlemble pupils who braved the elements to pick up litter. NO_c40beachclean01

The pupils in action on Machrihanish beach with Andrea McShannon from the GRAB Trust. NO_c40beachclean02