Yesterday (Thursday 19 January) two embers of staff at the museum ventured onto Castle Beach in Tenby in order to pick up litter that had gathered in the tideline. The material collected on this trip, and three additional planned trips between now and February, will form part of a display centred around the museum’s natural history collections and this aspect will focus on beach pollution. It is anticipated the display will be ready by Easter and is one of several new displays planned for this time.
According to the Marine Conservation Society, it was recorded in Wales during 2016 that 607 items of litter were collected per 100m on average from its beaches, which saw an increase of 16% on the previous year.
What the museum staff collected in 20 minutes yesterday, on a stretch of beach that was no longer than 150 metres, is featured below and really makes those frightening statistics come horribly to life: