300 volunteers will be making a stand on Sunday, May 17 to combat litter on the beaches of Croyde and Saunton. It is hoped as many people as possible will go along and join them for the big spring clean, which will begin at 10am on Saunton and from 2pm at

300 volunteers will be making a stand on Sunday, May 17 to combat litter on the beaches of Croyde and Saunton.It is hoped as many people as possible will go along and join them for the big spring clean, which will begin at 10am on Saunton and from 2pm at Croyde.North Devon Biosphere Reserve volunteers, members of Croyde Surf Life Saving Club, Croyde Youth Club, Croyde Skateboard Club, The Academy of Beach Sports and Croyde Surf Club will all be taking part.Towards the end of the event, after 4pm, there will be a barbecue on Croyde Beach for all who took part. The AONB and local organisations have contributed towards funding. Recent studies by the Marine Conservation Society show litter levels on beaches have more than doubled in the past 15 years, with rubbish having a significant effect on marine life and the environment."It's great that so many people care enough about these stunning beaches to spend time cleaning them for the benefit of people and wildlife," said Matt Edworthy, Outreach Co-ordinator for the North Devon Biosphere Reserve."Litter is a major issue facing wildlife, especially plastic bags, which can entangle seals, dolphins and sea birds. "Each and every volunteer on Sunday can make a positive impact."Croyde Surf Lifesaving Club organisers Chris Burrows and John Hood added: "It's a great opportunity for our community to look after the environment we enjoy so much. "Our members, from age eight upwards, train up to four times a week on the beach in summer. We're proud of the fantastic environment right here on our doorstep and keen to do all we can to keep it that way."To join the beach clean, email biosphere-mailbox@devon.org.uk or call Matt Edworthy on (01237) 423655.