UK beaches blighted by balloons and discarded bags of dog poo

Marine Conservation Society is concerned by rise in bagged excrement despite overall fall in amount of shore litter. Dog poo wrapped in plastic bags discarded by careless owners has emerged as one of the biggest single threats to the health and safety of beach visitors, a marine conservation charity has warned.

The finding is in the latest beach litter data collected by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) last year and published on Thursday in its Beachwatch Big Weekend Report. The charity says the volume of dog excrement in bags left on UK beaches rose 11% between 2010 and 2011. MCS Beachwatch officer Lauren Davis says “Leaving a bag full of poo on the beach will result in preserved excrement, protected from the elements for years by a bag which could take a long time to break down.” Read the article on the Guardian’s website…

See how you can help keep Britain’s beaches clean, on the Marine Conservation Society’s website…