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Environment / Burra beach clean attracts 120 folk

There was plenty of helping hands at the beach clean on Sunday. All photos: Gordon Siegal

OVER four tonnes of bruck was gathered from a beach in Burra on Sunday thanks to the help of more than 120 people.

The clean-up at Clift Sound was organised by Scottish Sea Farms, with Shetland MSP Beatrice Wishart among those involved.

Among the bruck was fishing rope, fish boxes, barrels, fence wire and posts, ceramic tiles, tyres, plastic milk bottle caps, broken glass and shoes.

The pickers even came across an old chimney pot.

The Burra beach clean was one of four events organised by Scottish Sea Farms as part of this year’s Marine Conservation Society’s Great British Beach Clean, with others taking place at Barcaldine near Oban as well as Orkney.

Health and safety coordinator with Scottish Sea Farms Calum Sinclair, who organised the Shetland beach clean, said: “Together, we made a huge difference to the Clift Sound shoreline on the day. Longer-term, the beach survey results will help inform future reports on the amount and type of mixed man-made waste that we found and removed.”