Yorkshire Times
A Voice of the North
4:43 PM 25th March 2021

Beach-loving Behaviour On The Yorkshire Coast

Let’s show how much we have missed our beaches by giving them a little love when we return this year – with a clean!

Scarborough South Bay credit  Duncan Lomax
Scarborough South Bay credit Duncan Lomax
Thanks to David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II TV series, awareness of the horrors of plastic polluting our seas has never been higher and many people are keen to do their bit to help tackle the problem and protect marine wildlife. We can all play our part by looking after the places that we visit and cleaning up after ourselves but there are also countryside and beach litter picking initiatives that need the help of volunteers such as …

A beach clean project is being run by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust (YWT) across beaches along the Yorkshire Coast this year called Waves of Waste. With the help of volunteers, during each beach clean YWT’s Waves of Waste co-ordinators record litter collected, feed it into a national database collected by the Marine Conservation Society and locally analyse the information to determine trends occurring.

For more information or to volunteer to take part in a beach clean visit Events / Yorkshire Wildlife Trust (

The following Waves of Waste beach cleans are scheduled to take place but may be cancelled or postponed because of Covid restrictions. Please follow Covid government guidelines and check Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s website in advance to find out if the events will be going ahead:

Flamborough, Sunday 2 May 2021 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Scarborough, Thursday 6 May 2021 6:30pm - 8:30pm
North Bridlington, Saturday 15 May 2021 10:30am - 12:30pm
Filey South, Sunday 16 May 2021 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Scarborough, Saturday 22 May 2021 10:00am - 12:00pm
Scarborough, Thursday 3 June 2021 6:30pm - 8:30pm
North Bridlington, Saturday 12 June 2021 10:30am - 12:30pm
Scarborough, Saturday 26 June 2021 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Filey South, Sunday 27 June 2021 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Follow The Countryside Code
Whenever you visit the countryside you should follow The Countryside Code. This shortened version for visiting the countryside during the coronavirus pandemic, from, should be followed together with Covid restriction requirements.

Respect other people
Consider the local community and other people enjoying the outdoors
Park carefully so access to gateways and driveways is clear
Leave gates and property as you find them
Follow paths but give way to others where it’s narrow

Protect the natural environment
Leave no trace of your visit, take all your litter home
Don’t have BBQs or fires
Keep dogs under effective control
Dog poo - bag it and bin it

Enjoy the outdoors
Plan ahead, check what facilities are open, be prepared
Follow advice and local signs and obey social distancing measures

The full Countryside Code provides advice for the general public and land managers in normal circumstances and can be accessed here:

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