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Help give Langland a litter free start to summer

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Marine Conservation Society hopes volunteer cleaners will come and give Gower beach a spruce-up after a busy spring.

After one of the sunniest and warmest May’s on record in the UK this year, beaches across the Gower have seen a busy spring. With the top temperature in Wales on May Bank Holiday peaking at 25.7°C in Usk, making it hotter than Majorca and Crete, the Med-like weather led to an exodus to the coast resulting in many beaches in the country being left covered in litter as bins overflowed.

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is organising a beach clean and litter survey of Langland on the Gower, to remove litter and make sure it’s a pleasure to visit for walkers and visitors as the weather (hopefully) remains set fair for the summer months.

MCS staff and members of the public clean up Langland four times a year as part of the Society’s ongoing Beachwatch project. It’s the charity’s ‘adopted’ beach in Wales and has been regularly cleaned for over 20 years. MCS’s beach clean projects are supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

MCS volunteers last cleaned Langland in April when around 40 people picked up and recorded litter over two consecutive weekends, collecting 25 kilos of rubbish. The haul included over 50 pieces of burnt wood from fires, plus 30 nails in the fires from burning pallets.

Gill Bell, MCS Head of Conservation, Wales, says:

“It’s great to see people out and enjoying Wales’s fabulous coastline during the recent beautiful weather we’ve been having. But our finds on Langland are a salutary lesson in what not to do and leave behind. Having a beach barby is great fun but the burnt wood and the nails are dangerous to both wildlife and human visitors. If you do use the disposable BBQs, please get rid of them in the customised bins provided, once they have thoroughly cooled.”

Once again, as with so many beaches, MCS volunteers on Langland found lots of single use ‘on the go’ litter like plastic cups, lids and stirrers, with the highest quantities of litter being tiny plastic pieces.

MCS will be carrying out this year’s summer litter survey and beach clean on Sunday 24th June, starting at 11am, at Langland Beach, Gower, meeting in the car park behind the beach huts by the tennis courts.

Please bring along sensible clothing and footwear. Children are most welcome but must be supervised by a parent or guardian. Gloves and equipment will be provided. The beach clean will take about one hour.

Find out more information and register at: www.mcsuk.org/beachwatch/beach/langland-bay/event/2018-06-24  or call 01989 566017.

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Dive on with DIVER Magazine’s December 2020 issue

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DIVER aren’t calling it the Christmas issue because that’s all up in the air but their theme is full of cheer – underwater treasures to be found in our own backyards!

  • Be The Champ! Special: An extended 100th edition of Alex Mustard’s revered monthly column – with the cream of underwater photographers contributing their own pearls of wisdom.
  • Gun Sites: Two tales of individual divers’ exciting weapons hauls – in Cornwall and in Portugal
  • Treasuremen of Bermuda: Story behind one of the most valuable shipwreck treasures ever recovered
  • Wreckful of Ming: Tech divers discover a thrilling cargo of porcelain south of Phuket
  • Dad Found It: Our correspondent dives a sunken Roman city in southern Italy 50 years after her father discovered it
  • Deep Giants: A marine biologist tends her gorgonian garden – in the 100m zone
  • Road Trip 2: The dive tour of Europe continues as our long-term trippers have fun in summertime UK
  • Timepieces: They might not be necessities but diving watches are still prized accoutrements – here’s a guide to 25 of the latest
  • Twilight Zone: Experience the highs and the lows of Curaçao – with the aid of a submersible

Download your copy of the December 2020 edition of DIVER here!

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Get ready for a year of incredible underwater encounters in 2021

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Giants from the world of underwater photography have joined forces with Bite-Back Shark & Marine Conservation to create a unique and stunning 2021 calendar to raise funds for its campaigns to make Britain’s retailers shark free.

The line-up of award-winning contributors includes Alex Mustard, Amanda Cotton, Christian Vizl, David Doubilet, Doug Perrine, Ellen Cuylaerts, George Probst, Greg Lecouer, Jason Isley, Laura Storm, Shawn Heinrichs and Tanya Houppermans.

Each photographer has handpicked and donated a breathtaking image along with commentary that features month-by-month in the top class publication.

Campaign director at Bite-Back, Graham Buckingham, said: “This edition is packed with spectacular images to celebrate the marine environment in all its glory. Significantly every purchase of this calendar will directly fund our campaigns to end the trade and consumption of shark products in the UK.”

Alone, Bite-Back has made significant progress in limiting the sale of shark fin soup, shark meat and items containing shark, such as supplements, nationwide.

Graham added: “For the equivalent of £1 a month, we hope scuba divers and ocean lovers will enjoy admiring this rare and magnificent collection of images all year long.  And, of course, it makes a fabulous Christmas present too.”

The high quality A4 calendar is printed on recycled paper using vegetable-based inks by a climate neutral printer. It can be purchased at www.bite-back.com/shop for £12 (including free UK delivery) and shipped worldwide. Don’t miss out!

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