FRIENDS OF TANKERTON BAY
Join us at our
The Next Scheduled Beach Clean is:
Sunday 2nd April 2017
Held in conjunction with the Marine Conservation Society’s
“Adopt-a-Beach” Scheme and Canterbury City Council Foreshore Services
Meet on the beach at the bottom of Tankerton Slopes, by the Red and
Yellow Lifeguard hut
Do come along and join us – all equipment will be provided.
All collecting gear will be provided by Canterbury City Council.
For information on beach cleans in general
go to www.mcsuk.org/beachwatch/
An hour’s exercise, rosy cheeks, and a clean beach! You’ll feel better for it!
Update from Beach Clean held on Sunday 5th February 2017:
Another successful Beach Clean today – even the weather was fairly clement until the last ten minutes or so, when it got decidedly chilly.
Today we picked up around 57 kg of the usual stuff – including more black mesh sheeting, bottles, cans, bits of metal, screws, socks, underwear (really, Tankerton...) plastic bits, egg boxes (?) and random piles of tiny pieces of Styrofoam (and that was just in my sack).
We had around 18 volunteers, among them two young girls who shared a hoop-and-bag and picked up around 12 kg by themselves; they had to drag it in in the end. Quite a few newbies turned up, and we had several more children too. We also had some more interest from passers-by. I thought that I might include my email address in the next poster, so as to recruit them to our group.
Many thanks to Penny and Alistair, Tina, and Tony, who helped with both getting the equipment down to the beach and back up again.
A couple of the children picked up five ray egg sacs (one of the children told us that, once they’ve dried up on the beach, they are unviable (I think they got this from Tom Hawkins at our last Beach Clean) so we put these on the front ledge of the Lifeguard Hut for other children to see. The children looked at the chart on the Hut and thought that the egg sacs were “small eyed”. (A clean beach, and Nature too).
On the negative side, there was a mass of dog dirt everywhere on the Slopes (the actual sloping part; doubtless the owners think that no one goes there......) It was horrible.
(Branching off a little from the subject, we also noticed that the grass in front of the shelter on Marine Parade (opposite the Tea Hut) has been dreadfully ploughed up to resemble a field....I wonder if, Councillor Baker, you might look into this. Probably a joy-riding 4x4, but possibly someone skidding to avoid an accident at the crossroads. The “ploughing” is around a foot high, but could be fixed by a groundsman in this damp weather).
But back to the subject – all in all, another successful day. Hope to see you all again on Sunday, 5th March! Look out for the posters.
The Friends of Tankerton Bay