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Dead birds and litter washed up on beaches

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: March 05, 2014

  • Dead bird- ANDY CAMPFIELD PIC

  • Tregantle beach before the storm damage

  • Washed up rubbish on Tregantle beach PIC BY ANDY

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DEAD birds have been found on a once-popular beach, which has been left stripped of sand and covered in rubbish by the recent storms.

Tregantle beach, at Whitsand Bay, has been transformed from a tourist trap to a virtual wasteland by this winter's high winds, high tides and heavy rain.

A number of dead birds have been found washed up by the storms along with plastic, waste and debris.

The Rame Peninsula Beach Care (RPBC) is a community project which cleans up local beaches and raises awareness about the damage being done to the environment.

Claire Wallerstein, chairman of the RPBC, who lives in Kingsand, said: "The recent storms have been horrendous for people living in villages along much of the Cornish coast, but they've also brought devastation to our beaches and marine wildlife.

"Large numbers of seal pups – probably the majority of all the pups born this season – have been washed ashore exhausted and battered this year, as well as many dead sea birds.

"The most recent run of bad weather has changed beaches drastically, exposing old sea defences and washing in tonnes of rubbish and plastic, giving us a scary glimpse of how much trash is really out there, which sea life has to contend with.

"Ocean litter isn't just an eyesore. It also poses a huge threat to marine animals, with millions of sea birds as well as turtles, dolphins and whales dying each year after accidentally eating it or becoming entangled in it, so we want to seize this opportunity to get as much of the trash off our beaches, before it washes back out to sea again."

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