Can you help clean up St Cyrus beach?

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Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) is asking for help from the public to help keep the beach at St Cyrus national nature reserve litter-free and safe for wildlife.

Every year thousands of birds, seals, dolphins and marine mammals die by swallowing or becoming entangled in rubbish.

The St Cyrus Beach Clean takes place from 11am to 2.30pm on September 18 at St Cyrus.

The Beach Clean is part of the Marine Conservation Society Beachwatch, a national initiative now in its 18th year, with thousands of volunteers taking part every year.

Therese Alampo, St Cyrus reserve manager, said: “Hundreds of birds and marine mammals accidentally eat or become tangled up in litter every year. It’s such a needless waste of life, but we can all play our part by not littering and cleaning up dangerous litter on our beaches.”

Volunteers should meet at the Old Lifeboat Visitor Centre. For more information, call 01674 830736, but no booking is necessary. All under 18s must be accompanied by an adult, and gloves and litter pickers will be provided.