What you can do to protect Britain’s marine life
Britain’s coasts have offered a source of recreation and happiness to millions since the Industrial Revolution. However, two world wars and the blight of modern pollution have put our beautiful and fragile beaches under threat.
Previously, we’ve written about the threat to marine life in certain areas of the world. Now it’s time to talk about areas closer to home. As individuals, we need to do more to make sure our coasts are preserved for future generations to enjoy.
Simple acts of conversation
When we visit local beaches, it’s important to remember that they are home to diverse ecosystems. It might not always appear to be the case, but beaches are teeming with birds, insects and sealife. Each part of the ecosystem has a purpose and requires protection.
Writing on the subject of protecting and conserving Britain’s coasts, Britain Explorer says:
“Do not pull plants or creatures from the rocks and take care not to walk on living seaweed. Never remove animals from their homes. It may seem fun to catch rock pool creatures, and even take them home, but most of the time it will kill the animal. Avoid collecting pebbles and shells as these are part of the habitat system. Intact shells are often reused by other creatures.”
Rubbish is the ultimate enemy
Unfortunately, many people still leave their rubbish behind when they visit the beach. It is vital to take all your litter away with you when you leave. Packaging and containers left along British coastlines pose a danger to all of the animals that live there. Plastic in particular is often deadly to certain wildlife. This is because of the chemicals used to make it, and animals great and small may react badly to it. Inorganic items like metal or glass can also be perilous for many ecosystems.
Treat the beach with respect
Protection and conservation efforts all come down to treating the beach with respect. Our coastline’s beauty is for everyone to enjoy, a place to learn about the natural world. It is essential we learn about the beach’s prominent place in our environment. If we help to protect it, the benefits are numerous.
Charities and local town councils can offer you more information about our coastlines and their wildlife. They will be sure to point you in the right direction and may even have opportunities to help protect your local beaches.