As a kid I was obsessed with puffins. I grew up on the North Devon coast, with views across the bay to their home on Lundy Island, so these clown faced-penguins were a bit of a legend to me. Then one day when I was about 8 years old, I got the chance to visit the island, and loved every second. Though there was one problem... where were all the puffins?
On Saturday 21st April, volunteers gathered on beaches across the county, equipped with bin bags and litter pickers for the Great Dorset Beach Clean, a campaign lead by Litter Free Coast and Sea. I organised the participation for my local beach in Swanage, which saw a brilliant turnout of 30 volunteers who came to join the event!
Seeing dolphins has to be one of the most special wildlife encounters that anyone can have in the UK. As a small island nation, wherever you live in the country you are no more than a 3 hour drive to the coast. And you don't even need to get on the water either! Recently I was lucky enough to film my local pod as they passed close to a headland on the southwest coast path...
Whilst some beaches are particularly prone to a plastic tide and others appear pristine, there is one thing that all beaches have in common - nurdles. These little plastic pellets are found all over the world, including remote islands otherwise completely untouched by humans. In the UK, Tregantle beach in Cornwall is one of the worst I've seen. Join me there in the video below, where I ask the question; what are nurdles?