Praise for Bute’s marine clean-up

Beachwatch Bute ranger Sandra MacMillan, left, pictured at Ettrick Bay with Sandra Stevenson, one of the charity's committee members.
Beachwatch Bute ranger Sandra MacMillan, left, pictured at Ettrick Bay with Sandra Stevenson, one of the charity's committee members.

A Bute charity has been held up as a shining example of how to tackle the problem of marine litter across Scotland.

Beachwatch Bute’s beach ranger, Sandra McMillan, spoke at Clyde Marine’s Litter Symposium in Millport at the weekend about the work being done by the island charity to combat marine litter affecting Bute.

The symposium, which was attended by Marine Conservation Society and representatives from environmental bodies, as well as members of the public, was an all-day event discussing the issues, challenges and potential solutions to marine litter in the Clyde.

Sandra told us: “They all wished they had a Beachwatch Bute and a beach ranger in their town as what we’re doing here was awe-inspiring, I was told.

“We’re being held up as a template for what other groups and organisations can do, and we’ve been able to share our knowledge and experience.”

News at the symposium included that in just one year there’s been a 40 per cent reduction in the number of plastic carrier bags found on beaches, thanks to the introduction of the 5p charge.

Sandra explained that individual measures are need to tackle marine litter – one solution is not enough to tackle the entire problem.

“Don’t look at litter as a one answer will solve all, we must take one component of marine litter and look at how to fix it itself,” Sandra said.