Volunteer-supported cleaning team Beach Buddies are stepping up their efforts to remove dangerous plastic items from the island’s coastline ahead of the nesting season for seabirds.
The popular initiative will now run two sessions each weekend to cope with the level of waste on Manx beaches due to the winter storms.
Following a session at Blue Point at the weekend, the team is planning several more trips to the north west coast to remove as much rubbish as possible before the nesting season begins in April.
New volunteers are welcome to help in the sessions, taking place tomorrow (Saturday) at Derbyhaven and on Sunday at Sartfield near Jurby. Both sessions will start at 10.30am.
The team made a huge impact in Castletown last weekend, where 30 volunteers collected 49 bin bags full of rubbish in 90 minutes together with lobster pots, tyres, large plastic canisters, rope, nets and fishing gear.
Volunteers also concentrated on collecting the vast number of small plastic items tangled in the grass which pose a danger to seabirds.
Beach Buddies co-ordinator Bill Dale said: ‘There is clear evidence that juvenile seabirds consume small items of plastic which stay in their stomachs and eventually result in their deaths.
‘It’s up to people like our volunteers to remove as much of this material as possible, to give these young seabirds a chance.’