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Strandliners: what’s new?

Strandliners is a local Community Interest Company headed by human dynamo, Andy Dinsdale and a team of determined and loyal volunteers. Their mission statement: ‘increasing public awareness of our environment through citizen science and community engagement’.  Zelly Restorick reports.

Strandliners offers volunteer activities and opportunities to survey for plastic pollution, identifying and recording the data for organisations including the Marine Conservation Society, Surfers Against Sewage and Break Free From Plastic.

Strandliners covers a vast area, ranging along the coast from the River Cuckmere in the west to Dungeness in the east; from Pett Level and Camber Sands on Rye Bay, up the River Rother to Brede and beyond. Hastings and St Leonards on Sea are very much a part of their research territory.

Strandliners’ Andy Dinsdale

Contact Andy Dinsdale via the Strandliners’ website, if you’d like to join up as a volunteer, if you have any questions or if you want to sign up for their monthly newsletter, which is always jam-packed with useful information and details of what’s going on locally regarding the environment, plastic, pollution, recycling, forensics, our own plastic use/wastage, big corporations and their part in end consumer issues and more.

The Big Plastic Count starting on 16 May 2022

The Big Plastic Count with Greenpeace

The Greenpeace #BigPlasticCount starts Saturday 16th May. Join more than 150,000 people from across the UK in the biggest investigation into household plastics ever!  The Big Plastic Count kicks off in less than one week – are you signed up to be part of it? If not, there’s still time! Here’s the Greenpeace link.

Every family, every person, every household will be able to send in their results, This could be one of the most important plastic waste campaigns this year. We can all be part of it.


Eastbourne Spring Water Festival – Saturday May 14th (Eco fair on Western Lawns) 

Come and discuss microplastics, activities include a plastic knowledge challenge, pretending to be a toilet (!) and the large tub of microplastics. Alongside Strandliners, other stalls include Plastic free Eastbourne, Eastbourne Greenpeace, Eastbourne Climate Coalition, Vegan Society and more. 9am – 4pm.

Photo Andy Dinsdale

Eastbourne Spring Water Festival – Saturday 21st May (Microplastic event at Holywell beach)

Strandliners are inviting everyone to slow down and discover our microplastic legacy at Holywell, Eastbourne on Saturday 21st May from 10 am to 3pm.
Become a microplastic detective.
Magnifiers and tweezers provided (but please bring a microscope if you have one!).
The exhibits will be primary and secondary microplastics from Cuckmere Haven,
The task will be to find the treasures and identify the trash,
Strandliners with a Studio on The Beach arts happening.
Compass Community Arts
Waterweek 2022 Streaming
Eastbourne Spring Water Festival 22

Photo Andy Dinsdale

Fairfest – Sunday 5 June (Fairlight Recreation Ground) 

Amongst many other stalls and activities, Strandliners will exhibit a display of their local work, their findings, as well as some (not to be missed) activities 12 noon to 5pm.

Pett Flower Show and Fayre – Saturday 30 July (Pett Village Hall) 

Amongst many other stalls and activities, Strandliners will exhibit a display of their local work, their findings, as well as some (not to be missed) activities 2pm – 5pm.

Pett Level Independent Rescue Boat Open Day – Saturday August 30th (Pett Level)

Amongst many other stalls and activities, Strandliners will exhibit a display of their local work, their findings, as well as some (not to be missed) activities 10am-3pm.

Brand Audit – Break Free From Plastic – July to October 2022

Camber Sands in August, dates at other sites to be arranged.

Bexhill Festival of the Sea – September 3rd & 4th (next to the De La Warr)

Amazing 2-day event with the marine environment and community at its heart.

Photo Andy Dinsdale

Marine Conservation Society Beach Clean and Surveys –  September 2022 – 3rd weekend.

Dungeness, Winchelsea Beach, Pett Level, Hastings, Bexhill. Dates to be arranged

The Great Nurdle Hunt October 2022 – Camber Sands & River Cuckmere

Dates to be arranged.

Organisations working in the Rye Bay and S.E.England:
We may all be working towards the same goal but there are different ways and methods to achieve it.
Are there any others anyone knows of? If so please email Andy Dinsdale the details. StrandlinersCIC – Our website with information & events
United Nations Association Climate and Oceans – partnering Strandliners CIC CAT programme
Sea-Changers – supporting the CAT programme
BreakFreeFromPlastic – partnering brand audit surveys
Rye Bay Beachcombing – for recording all beach finds natural & manmade – Facebook
Strandliner blog – Andy Dinsdale’s blog
Marine Conservation Society
Surfers Against Sewage
The Great Nurdle Hunt
Rother District Council recycling
East Sussex recycling
Kent County Council recycling
Rye Harbour Nature Reserve
Friends of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve
Sussex Wildlife Trust
Bexhill Environmental Group
Rother Environmental Group
Transition Town Hastings
Energise Sussex Coast
Clean Seas Please
Plastic Free Eastbourne
Hastings Library of Things
Zero Waste Hastings and Rother – Facebook
Plastic Free Hastings – Facebook
Eastbourne Mucky Mermaids – Facebook
Hastings Beach Cleans – Facebook
Local Independent Sea Anglers – Facebook
Litter Picking Watch Romney Marsh – Facebook
Camber beach clean – Facebook
Extinction Rebellion Hastings – Facebook
Extinction Rebellion Eastbourne – Facebook
Extinction Rebellion East Kent – Facebook
Wonderfill – Plastic Free shopping
Trinity Refills – Plastic Free shopping
Naked Larder Hastings – Plastic Free shopping
Waterweek – Environmental Arts


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Posted 12:27 Saturday, May 14, 2022 In: Clean Seas Please!

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