Bideford anglers get together to tackle litter at Clovelly

The long life of plastics - this 1970s yoghurt pot was found washed up at Clovelly by anglers holding a beach clean. Picture: North Devon Angling NewsThe long life of plastics - this 1970s yoghurt pot was found washed up at Clovelly by anglers holding a beach clean. Picture: North Devon Angling News

Members of Bideford and District Angling Club turned out at Clovelly on Sunday morning for a beach clean of the foreshore and harbour.

Following issues with angling-related litter at the often popular mark, Bideford members were determined to show that anglers do care.

They want to condemn those careless anglers who do drop litter and tarnish the majority with the same brush.

In all a total of 16 bags of rubbish was collected and Wayne Thomas of North Devon Angling News said he believed only about one per cent of that was angling-related.

Bideford anglers hard at work during their Clovelly beach clean. Picture: North Devon Angling NewsBideford anglers hard at work during their Clovelly beach clean. Picture: North Devon Angling News

The vast majority was plastic and Wayne said its longevity was shown starkly by an old Ski yoghurt pot that appeared to date to the 1970s.

Others finds included children’s plastic toys and plenty of household containers.

Wayne added: “Giving up a couple of hours to pick up the unsightly waste from the foreshore brings home the immensity of the plastic and waste issue that is caused by our modern lifestyle.

“There is a minority of anglers who add to this problem with their own debris but society has a big problem as could be seen as I drove home along the Atlantic highway with its littered verges.”

Please do stop and think before you drop litter on our wonderful coastline, or anywhere. After all, you have carried full bait packets to your fishing spot, so carrying home wrappers is hardly difficult.

And if you can, why not take five or 10 minutes to pick up some of the rubbish from the foreshore?