Join The Coastal Clean Up

16 September 2016, 11:12 | Updated: 16 September 2016, 11:15

The Great British Beach Clean clears up tonnes of litter on our beaches.

Every year the Marine Conservation Society hold beach cleans around the UK coastline in the Great British Beach Clean. 

They say in the South West there's over 3,300 pieces oflitter per kilometre of beach. 

In Cornwall unfortunately it's more than 5,500 and in Devon it's more than 2,900. 

Heart went along to Summerleaze beach in Bude, where during a 10 minute beach clean we found hundreds of pieces of litter, mostly consisting of tiny pieces of plastic - cotton buds, plastic wrappers and a toothbrush head. 

From the 16th - 19th September some of the most beautiful beaches in the UK are being cleaned by volunteers.

The MCS beach clean event takes place every third weekend in September as part of the charity's year round Beachwatch programme.

In Cornwall you can find beach cleans in: 

Chapel Porth, Porthcurnick, Swanpool, Poldhu, Gunwalloe, Fishing Cove Shore, Towan, Porthtowan, Porthpean, Trenow Cove.

In Devon they're being held at: 

Taunton Sands, Slapton Sands, South Milton Sands, Beacon Cove, Dawlish Warren, Exmouth Local Nature Reserve, Exe Estuary, Seaton,  Scoble Bay ,Wembury Cockleridge (nr Bantham Beach).

Each event only takes a couple of hours and, alongside the clean; 100 metres of beach are surveyed. 

This information will be used by MCS to work with governments and industry in the charity's ongoing work to stop litter getting on to our beaches in the first place. 

To get involved in the Great British Beach Clean 2-16 and be part of the most influential fight against marine litter in the UK visit