Volunteers wanted to help clean up Cairnbulg beach

Volunteers are being sought to take action and help clear the litter from an Aberdeenshire beach on Sunday September 20 from 11 am -3pm.

Aberdeenshire Council, KIMO UK and the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation have organised a beach clean at Cairnbulg to coincide with the Marine Conservation Society’s Great British Beach Cleaning Weekend.

Councillor David Aitchison, Chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee, said: “Aberdeenshire’s beaches are some of the most beautiful in the country and we want to keep them that way.

“Marine litter is not only an eyesore but kills thousands of sea birds, fish and mammals ever year and can cause significant environmental damage.”

The rocky foreshore and sandy beach at Cairnbulg attract large numbers of birds throughout the year which feast on the insects amongst the mounds of kelp.

The beach is also home to the shipwreck of the Banff-registered Sovereign, a fishing vessel that ran aground in December 2005, images of which were used in promotional materials for 2012 film Life of Pi.

Chairman of KIMO UK, Cllr Raymond Christie, said: “Everyone is welcome and equipment, including gloves, will be provided, so please do come along and help us clear up Cairnbulg!”

President of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, Ross Dougal, said: “Fishermen are passionate about the marine environment and the need to keep it clean and healthy.

“We are delighted to support this highly worthwhile initiative to tidy up Cairnbulg beach, which will benefit the local wildlife and ensure it is a great place for people to visit and enjoy.”

Cllr Christie added: “If doing your bit for the environment isn’t enough, our generous sponsors will be supplying over 40kg of seafood for a complimentary barbeque taking place as a thank you to volunteers taking part in the beach clean.”

Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.