Littlefeet Environmental launch new beach cleaning website
From Port of Jersey
12th February 2021
Jersey-based charity, Littlefeet Environmental has launched a dedicated beach cleaning website, which aims to record as a single database what items are being collected as a result of beach cleans taking place around the Island.
The new website, which has kindly been supported by Ports of Jersey will enable the charity to collect valuable data from family groups and social bubbles collecting and will act as a central archive for organised beach cleans in the future.
On behalf of Littlefeet Environmental, Courtney Farmer, says, ‘As more people are cleaning up beaches, either on their daily walks or through socially distanced groups, we want to get a better understanding of the amount of marine litter washing up. Sadly, since the start of the pandemic, we have seen a huge increase in the amount of PPE, i.e. facemasks and disposable gloves, washing up on our beaches. This new website will help us see which beaches are going to be cleaned and avoid the same beach being cleaned more than once in a day (we know of one beach being cleaned four times the same day!). We would like to encourage anyone organising a beach clean, big or small, to register their event with us in advance and then record what they find.
‘We are extremely grateful for the support of Ports of Jersey and Fusion Development for their support in bringing our idea to life.’
Littlefeet Environmental is one of Ports of Jersey’s environmental charity partners and have previously worked alongside them in carrying out beach clean programmes for their staff. Sponsoring this new website was a natural extension of their support according to Leanne Bass, CSR Development Manager at Ports of Jersey, who explains, ‘Ports of Jersey has an important role to play in promoting a positive environmental culture and protecting the ecosystem. We always look at ways to work with our community and local charities to protect our coastal environment, keeping our historic harbours and beaches clean and safe.
‘Through our partnership with Littlefeet, we’re delighted to be able to promote cleaning of the island’s beaches and coastal areas of interest. We wish them every success with it and look forward to being able to send our teams out on a beach clean at some point in the future.’
The launch of the new website has been planned to coincide with this weekend’s ‘Big (…albeit socially distanced) Channel Islands Beach Clean 2021’. The annual event encourages volunteers throughout the Channel Islands to get out and about to clean beaches this weekend (12 to 14 February).