Arran joined in the Great British Beach Clean 2020

18 to 25 September

This year’s beach cleans and data surveys were, by necessity, different from previous years due to restrictions and social distancing measures required under COVID19 regulations. The activities of many organisations have been severely curtailed and all beach-cleans/data collections were completed by between 1 and 4 individuals (from a maximum of two households). With the exceptions of Whiting Bay and Corrie (where individuals from village organisations were responsible for each stage of the collection and data input), beach cleans were organised and led by members of the TAP steering group, many of whom are also members of community organisations and were able to complete cleans on behalf of and representing other organisations.

We all gathered important information about how much plastic is in our seas

This island-wide event came with a difference. Each clean importantly collected information (using a simple tick sheet for 100 yards of beach) about the type and amount of litter which was collected and this will provide an important base-line of data to monitor and quantify the extent and nature of the problem of litter (and particularly plastic) on Arran. Once collated by TAP, it will be available to anyone on Arran. It will also contribute to the data which the Marine Conservation Society provides for the Sottish and UK Governments and which is shared internationally.

Read the full report from the Marine Conservation Society.

See what we found on Arran's beaches

2020 - Results of the 2020 Great British Beach Clean on Arran

2019 - Results of the 2019 Great British Beach Clean on Arran

2018 - Results of the 2018 Great British Beach Clean on Arran