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Sunday Beach Clean - March 2021


Sunday 14th March, the Rum Community took to the shore at midday in the drizzling rain for the first of many beach-cleans this year. It was a great success, with over 15 volunteers splitting into two teams to take on the coastline at low tide. Scouring the seaweed, rocks and sandbanks, the community was able to collect 36kg worth of rubbish, filling a whole builders sack to the top. This is a shocking amount for a small rural island, but due to the efforts of the islanders, it has now been safely binned and no longer threatens the many coastal birds and sea creature that call the coastline their home.

The Rum Community would like to mention that ‘It’s not our rubbish but it is our planet’. Much of the

rubbish found was made up of different types of plastics, some of it domestic and some commercial, such as nylon rope and fishing nets. Clear plastic packaging, plastic bottles, plastic bags and much more was found on the beach. With plenty more beaches to scour on Rum, the community are planning on getting together again to clean up the rest of their beautiful coastline and to make it a safer and cleaner place for all.

In other news, a freshly cast antler was found by one of the locals during the beach clean and will now help with the research done on the island for the Red Deer Research Project. It has been confirmed as belonging to the stag, Wisdom 11.

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