We had our biggest ever litter pick on Sunday 11th April when over 90 people turned out for the event in Pegwell Bay and collected 85 sacks of litter plus assorted pieces of metal, wood and plastic.
The event started at 10am when John Wilson, the Kent Wildlife Trust Warden for East Kent gave a short talk about the Pegwell Nature Reserve which is of national and international importance for thousands of migrating birds and is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Volunteers began to assemble at the Viking Ship Cafe car park from 9.30 am where cafe owners Andy and Debra were ready and waiting to supply coffee, teas and refreshments on what was fortunately a glorious sunny Spring day.
After a short health and safety talk which included a reminder of the current Covid Restrictions we moved off in groups of 6 down to the beach where we worked flat out for 2 hours picking up the litter that for the most part is washed up all year round by the tide. Unlike our usual town based litter picks, which consists mainly of fast food cartons, drink cans and bottles, the litter at Pegwell is mainly very small pieces of plastic, fishing netting and fishing line which gets tangled up in the natural vegetation and can be seriously life threatening to the wildlife.
The high attendance numbers, aided partly by the glorious weather, is an indication that people are much more aware now of the adverse effect litter can have on our natural environment and on the wildlife that depends on it, and are prepared to actually do something about it.
Our thanks to all the volunteers and especially to Meher Basit the Ramsgate Society Committee member who led on the organisation of the event. Thanks to Stuart Smith at TDC since the equipment was given by TDC, the rest was supplied by RTC and Kent Wildlife Trust. Thanks also to Ramsgate Town Council Senior Technicians Maxine Morgan and Chris Barton who removed bags for disposal at the end of the event. This was a great collaborative effort with the Ramsgate Litter Forum and showed that when we all work together we can achieve so much more.