Easter clean-up at Forvie nature reserve

Sand dunes and estuary, Forvie nature reserve.
Sand dunes and estuary, Forvie nature reserve.

Staff at Forvie National Nature Reserve are seeking volunteers on Easter Monday to clear debris washed ashore over the winter.

High tides and storm surges have left large amounts of plastic, net and other items of litter on what is usually one of Aberdeenshire’s most beautiful beaches.

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

Reserve manager Annabel Drysdale is encouraging anyone to take part.

She said: “There is a lot of rubbish but it is particularly bad at certain parts of the shore, so just a bit of help can make a real difference.

“Beach cleaning is so worthwhile and it can be fun looking at all the strange things that wash up.”

The beach clean will run between 11am and 3pm from Waterside car park at the A975 road bridge.

Volunteers can also join in along their usual walk or drop in throughout the day.

Bags, gloves, refreshments will be provided.

For more information, call 01358 751330.

The Forvie dunes stretch along the Ythan estuary and are home to the UK’s largest colony of breeding eider duck.