EVO Group teamed up with the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust last Friday for a charity beach clean at South Landing, Flamborough Beach, East Yorkshire.
Staff from the Group eCommerce team took part in the beach clean. Ana Cowie, a marine expert from the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust led the beach clean providing guidance and fascinating facts about marine life.
Fighting Plastic Pollution on Our Beaches
The impact that plastic pollution has on marine life has been well publicised in recent months. In particular, Sir David Attenborough’s acclaimed TV Series Blue Planet II and the Sky Ocean Rescue campaign urging us all to #PassOnPlastic.
South Landing, a beach that lies on the south side of Flamborough Head is a designated Local Nature Reserve. Home to the Living Seas Centre, it hosts an array of marine and coastal wildlife events for children and adults.
The beach clean began with a survey of a 100 metre stretch of the coastline. Every piece of litter found during the survey was recorded. On previous beach cleans, food wrappers dating back to the 1980s have been discovered. This emphasises the problem we face in tackling the war on plastics as it takes hundreds of years to break down in landfill.
Within a couple of hours, the team had filled two bin liners with litter. Items found included; plastic bags, drinks cans, fishing lines, a disposable barbecue and even a blanket!
EVO Group Corporate Responsibility
As part of EVO Group’s corporate responsibility policy, staff members can take one day off work every year to volunteer at a charity of their choice.
Nikola Simpson, Group Ecommerce Manager who took part in the beach clean says:
“It’s fantastic that we have company support to take part in charity days such as this, the war on plastic and marine conservation is highly publicised at present and being able to help in some small way has been fabulous. Yorkshire Wildlife Trust do some amazing work and Ana our guide has made our day extremely informative and fun”
You can find out more about the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, and how you can get involved on their website, https://www.ywt.org.uk