Beach clean up yields shock volumn of rubbish and 'nurdles'
‘Eco-Durlston’ teaches schoolchildren about environmental issues
Pupils of Durlston Court Prep School were joined by their family, friends and members of the community on Saturday 10th March to conduct a beach clean on the Highcliffe/Naish beach area. Originally planned for last week as part of the Great British Spring Clean, the event was postponed due to the snowy weather.
Organiser and teacher Mrs Sue Johnson explained “the Beach clean is part of Durlston’s eco commitment, a committee involving 2 pupils from each year group was created earlier in the year and I have been thrilled by the commitment and enthusiasm shown by the children. Even the youngest members (age 4) are involved in discussions and sharing of ideas.”
Shock at volume of "nurdles" found
The Beach Clean yielded 8 full bags of rubbish collected on this one morning. An even greater shock was the volume of nurdles that were found. Nurdles are lentil sized pellets which are used as a raw material to make plastic products. They are often spilt accidentally in to rivers and oceans and then they can soak up chemical pollutants, releasing toxins into the animals that eat them.
It is estimated that 53 billion nurdles escape into the environment each year.
Pupils at Durlston will now survey and submit details of their findings to the Marine Conservation Society as part of a national campaign.
Durlston Court would like to offer their thanks not only to the parents, frineds and community helpers that joined them but also to New Forest District Council who have been a tremendous help in loaning kit and collecting the rubbish.
Durlston Court continues their commitment to ‘Eco-Durlston’ and have implemented various changes around school already including recycling collection points for pens and batteries and have adopted the ‘Refill New Forest’ logo at their water stations to encourage pupils to help recognise the logo and use it when they are out and about.
Monday 26 March screening of "A Plastic Ocean" - Open to Everybody
On Monday 26th March Durlston Court School will be hosting a free screening of the awarding winning film ‘ A Plastic Ocean’. The film which is described by Sir David Attenborough as “One of the most important films of our time” will be introduced and discussed by leading Oceanographer and Principal Teaching Fellow based at Southampton University, Dr Simon Boxall.
Members of the public are invited to join in at 6pm. If interested please reserve your seat - click this link to book