• Hattie Easton

Holywell Bay: 20/1/19

Updated: Feb 10, 2019

Holywell Bay, Cornwall 20/1/19

Today Kate and I went to Holywell Bay which is on the north coast near to Newquay. As I don’t drive it’s a struggle to get to beaches outside of Falmouth, so whenever one of my friends offers to drive, I always jump at the chance.

This was the first time I visited Holywell Bay and it did not disappoint. I hadn’t visited a beach like this in Cornwall before. The beaches I’ve been used to are the ones near Falmouth that are pebbly, and a few beaches on the north coast that are long, made of golden sand. Holywell Bay, however, is unlike these types of beaches. With rolling dunes and white sand, Holywell Bay looks like a beach from a postcard.

Unfortunately, even on a beach that looks like paradise, there was still an awful lot of marine debris. From a glance you couldn’t see too much, but when you got to the bottom of the sand dunes you could see quite a bit of it.

Obviously, I had brought bags with me, so I did a beach clean whilst I was there. I mostly collected small bits of fishing rope, as well as a couple of plastic bottles. I also removed around four or five metal tent pegs from the beach which was an unusual find.

I have noticed since doing more beach cleans, now that I’m back in Falmouth after Christmas, that the most common litter I find on beaches are lollipop sticks and cigarette butts. This is quite worrying as both of these objects take more then ten years to decompose, and during the process release microplastics into the environment.

Although there was a lot of debris on the beach below the sand dunes, there was also a lot of litter in the sand dunes that was partly buried due to the way in which the sand moves and gets blown around. It was in a sand dune that I found a Lego palm tree. This Lego palm tree came from a container spill off the Scilly Isles in 1997. Pretty scary to think that this little bit of plastic has been floating in our oceans for almost twenty-two years!

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