Marine Litter

Colonsay and Oronsay were the first Hebridean islands to have claimed "litter-free" status.  You will, of course, find that the roads, paths, lochsides and everywhere else are sparklingly free of litter but, more challengingly, we strive to clear all marine litter from our 50 miles of coastline.  You probably know about PCBs in the food chain, and that plastic can never biodegrade, and that it kills literally millions of seabirds, turtles and fish each year.  It is even said that there is not a litre of water anywhere in the seas that has not yet been contaminated.
We work right around our coastline each year and would be delighted to have your support.  We are trying to encourage everyone to help, so please give even 10 minutes of your time.  If you are seen to pick up even one piece of litter, it does educate and encourage others, especially children.  It is much more fun than it sounds, is great exercise, provides a chance to meet other people and is of immense benefit - every single scrap that we remove makes a difference, it will have been removed from the environment until the end of time. Follow Friends of Colonsay on FaceBook to be kept informed. Please make at least one foray of your own - bring a black bag, choose any piece of coastline and see if you can fill the bag! Stay above high-water, do not touch anything sharp or unfamiliar, make sure that someone knows where you are