Register now to clean National Landscapes and help tackle ocean litter

The Coast and Heaths and Dedham Vale Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and Stour Valley team, with help from the local authorities in these areas, are encouraging people to register for the Marine Conservation Society’s annual Great British Beach Clean and it’s new Source to Sea Litter Quest taking place from the 18 – 25th  September.

The scale of the litter problem in the AONBs since lockdown restrictions have eased has increased enormously. We all need to take action to clean up our beautiful beaches, countryside, villages, and towns to keep these National Landscapes special for people to enjoy and wildlife to thrive.

Individuals are being encouraged to register for the Great British Beach Clean and adopt a 100m stretch of beach and organise their own beach clean and litter survey, with smaller groups of friends, family or ‘bubbles’, in line with Government guidance. Councillor David Wood, Chair of the Coast and Heaths AONB Joint Advisory Committee  said ‘ this is a great opportunity for families and small groups of people to get out and help clean our beaches and estuaries of all the litter that has accumulated over the year. It really does make a difference!’

For those people unable to head to the coast this year a new Source to Sea Litter Quest is being promoted where you try to spot (and pick up!) common beach litter items in your local area. 80% of the litter on beaches around the UK has travelled there from our towns, parks, and rivers. By taking part in the Source to Sea Litter Quest you can remove these potential polluters and see why it’s important to keep our inland spaces clear, for the sake of our oceans. Councillor Nigel Chapman, Chair of the Dedham Vale AONB Joint Advisory Committee said ‘ I am delighted about the new Source to Sea Litter Quest and hope that local people along the River Stour take part not only to clean up litter from their local area but also to stop it reaching the sea!’

The litter survey data helps show a national and international picture of the most common forms of litter which the Marine Conservation Society uses to call for policy change to tackle ocean pollution at its source such as the 5p single-use carrier bag charge, the ban on plastic coffee stirrers and straws and the commitment to a Deposit Return Scheme in Scotland. This year, it’s asking volunteers to record how much personal protective equipment they find, including gloves and masks. This will show how prolific it has become and the danger it poses to the marine environment and wildlife.

During last year’s Great British Beach Clean weekend, 386 volunteers in Suffolk collected over 9582 litter items. It would be wonderful if more people signed up this year to remove litter not just from our beaches but from inland spaces. Just think what an incredible difference that would make to our two National Landscapes in Suffolk and Essex.

To register for either the Great British Beach Clean or Source to Sea Litter Quest visit the Marine Conservation Society’s website www.mcsuk.org/beachwatch/greatbritishbeachclean  Or for guidance ring the Beachwatch team on 01989 566017, or email beachwatch@mcsuk.org

The AONB team can loan out litter picking and survey equipment to volunteers on a first come first served basis. Contact Emma Black on 01394 445225, or email emma.black@suffolk.gov.uk

Volunteers can also contact their local authority to get advice on the provision of litter picking equipment and litter collection:

East Suffolk- ESN.info@ncsgrp.co.uk

Foxburrow Farm Events in August 2020

Wild Tots: Water play and pond dipping
Wednesday 12th August, 10.30am-12noon
For 18month-5 year olds and their carer
£5.50 Booking essential

Family afternoon: The Big Insect Hunt
Thursday 13 August 1-3pm
Mini beast hunt, crafts and trails in your family group
Child £4.50, Adults £2.50. Booking essential.

Family Pond dipping
Pond dipping, crafts and trails in your family group
Friday 14 August 10.30-12noon and 1.30-3pm
Tuesday 18th August 10.30-12noon
Tuesday 25th August 10.30am – 12noon
Child £4.50, Adults £2.50. Booking essential.

Wild Tots: Teddy Bears Picnic
Wednesday 19th August, 10.30am-12noon
For 18month-5 year olds and their carer
£5.50 Booking essential

Family afternoon: Wild in the wood
Camp fire snack, woodland exploration and natural art.
Thursday 20 August 1.30-3.30pm
Child £4.50, Adults £2.50. Booking essential.

Wild Tots: Woodland Folk
Wednesday 26 th August, 10.30am-12noon
For 18month-5 year olds and their carer
£5.50 Booking essential

Location:  Foxburrow Farm, Suffolk Wildlife Trust, Melton near Woodbridge IP12 1NA

Further details and how to book: http://www.suffolkwildlifetrust.org/

Telephone: 01394 380113

Suffolk’s Roadside Nature Reserves Project

Suffolk has been protecting rare and unusual plants and fungi through the Roadside Nature Reserve (RNR) Project since the 1970s. We have a network of volunteer wardens who do a brilliant job at helping to manage the RNRs and conserve the species on them.

We want to recognise the importance of our wardens and thank them for all they do! So we are hosting an event for them and anyone else interested in the project. Find out more and book your place.

We are looking for more volunteer wardens to help manage our verges. If you would like to get involved, or would like to find out more about the project, please email RNRs@suffolk.gov.uk. You can also find out more information at our RNR website.

Foxburrow Farm Events in March and April 2020

Saturday 21 March, 2-4pm
Family Forest Schools. Den building , fires woodland crafts and activities.
Location: Foxburrow Farm, Melton, Woodbridge IP12 1NA
Age: 18 months +. Cost: £4 Child £2 Adult.
Booking essential

Tuesday 7 April. 2 -4pm. Family event
‘Easter Eggstravaganza’. Easter egg hunt, spring crafts and trails.
Location: Foxburrow Farm, Melton, Woodbridge IP12 1NA.
Adult £2, child £4.
Booking essential

Thursday 9 April. 10am – 2pm. ‘A rainforest adventure’
Build shelters, cook outdoors and save the wild animals.
Location: Foxburrow Farm, Melton, Woodbridge IP12 1NA.
For unaccompanied 6-11 year olds. Cost £7.
Booking essential

Tuesday 14 April. 2 -4pm. Family event
‘Easter Eggstravaganza’. Easter egg hunt, spring crafts and trails.
Location: Foxburrow Farm, Melton, Woodbridge IP12 1NA.
Adult £2, child £4.
Booking essential

Friday 17 April, 10am-2pm.  ‘Pond explorers’
Pond dip, search for frogs and discover their curious habits.
Location: Foxburrow Farm, Melton, Woodbridge IP12 1NA.
For unaccompanied 6-11 year olds. Cost £7.
Booking essential

Saturday 18 April, 10am-12noon
Young Wardens, Practical conservation & naturalist skills.
Location: Foxburrow Farm, Melton, Woodbridge IP12 1NA
Age: 11-16 year olds. Cost: £3
Booking essential

Saturday 18 April, 2-4pm
Family Forest Schools. Den building , fires woodland crafts and activities.
Location: Foxburrow Farm, Melton, Woodbridge IP12 1NA
Age: 18 months+. Cost: £4 Child £2 Adult.

Wednesdays, 22 April to 20 May. 10.30am-12noon
Weekly Wild Tots. Forest Schools activities and Wild Play for 1 – 4 year olds and their carers, led by experienced practitioners.
Location: Foxburrow Farm, near Woodbridge IP12 1NA
Age: Accompanied 1 – 4 yrs.
Cost: £5/session if booking week by week or half term block booking @ £4/session
Booking essential

Tuesday 28 April. 10.00am-2.00pm
‘Go wild in the week’. Activities for home educated children, 6-11 years.
Location: Foxburrow Farm, Melton, Woodbridge IP12 1NA.
Cost £7.
Booking essential

For more information or to book visit the SWT website or Tel 01473 890089