Year 8 Beach Clean

16th July 2018

Yr8 students walked the Viking Contra Trail from Chatham House on Monday 9th July, to take part in some Citizen Science, working with "The Guardians of the Deep" and "The Marine Conservation Society". The project is in partnership with the Kent Wildlife Trust, and aims to involve local people in the protection and monitoring of Kent's coastal wildlife. Yr8 got kitted out with high viability gear, litter pickers and bin bags and together with Laura Welton from the GOTD, completed a detailed survey of the rubbish left behind by visitors and/or washed up on Pegwell beach, a wildlife conservation area that is protected under national law. Each team worked a designated area of approximately 100 meters, collecting and recording all rubbish found in that area. All rubbish was then weighed and collected by Thanet District Council and the survey information uploaded to a central database run by the Marine Conservation Society. Prizes were awarded to the first team to arrive at Pegwell having completed an orienteering quiz, and for the most unusually object found. A range of rubbish from coffee spoons from the Cunard Ocean Liner, to golf balls and car tyres were among the contenders but the winner of the giant, inflatable ice-ream lilo went to the student who found a large metal "Danger of Electrocution" sign.

Students worked hard all day, in stifling heat and behaved impeccably throughout - with a lovely message from the Viking Ship Cafe owner who said - "just to say, your pupils were very polite and well behaved". A great day was had by all.Yr8 students walked the Viking Contra Trail from Chatham House on Monday 9th July, to take part in some Citizen Science


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