Nature group in litter pick on the Menai foreshore

Date: 05/07/2018
Cymdeithas Edward Llwyd

Ten members of the Cymdeithas Edward Llwyd natural history organisation recently came together on a fine summer’s evening to contribute towards cleaning up the Menai foreshore.

According to the group, the experience was a very positive one and was made possible by the loan of equipment from Gwynedd Council’s Tidy Towns scheme. The litter was then separated by the members in order to enable the council to recycle the waste.

Discarded litter can have a serious effect on our wildlife, with the harmful effect of plastic on our oceans receiving a lot of publicity recently.  Broken glass can also pose a danger to passers-by or cause fires by concentrating the sun’s rays.

Tins and bottles can also trap animals, and birds and fish can easily become tangled in ropes and plastic nets.  Together with all these problems, litter and untidiness reflects poorly on our attitude and values towards our planet.

Group member John Griffith, said: ‘We had a social evening and about a mile of the Menai foreshore is cleaner, so maybe, just maybe, one wild animal is alive because of our efforts.  It was a very positive experience which we will probably repeat. Thanks to Tidy Towns for the support.”

Gwynedd Council’s local councillor, Peter Anthony Garlick said:  ‘I’m very grateful to the volunteers for going to collect rubbish by the Menai.  Litter comes in here with the tide and from people discarding fast-food containers. It is also a good area for wildlife so thanks again to the group for helping to tidy the area up.

Gwynedd’s Cabinet member for Highways and Municipal, Councillor Gareth Wyn Griffith, said: “I would like to thank Cymdeithas Edward Llwyd for their contribution towards improving the environment by the Menai in Caernarfon.  Gwynedd’s Tidy Towns initiative is also keen to help other community groups to realise their wishes to improve their communities.”

Anyone found guilty of littering in any public place could face a court summons and a fine of up to £2,500. To report any instances of fly-tipping, contact Gwynedd Council’s street enforcement team on 01766 771000.

For more information about Gwynedd Council's Tidy Towns scheme or if you would like to start a community group, contact the team on 01766 771000 or send an e-mail to trefitaclus@gwynedd.llyw.cymru if you’d like to request a community pack.

Cymdeithas Edward Llwyd is a Welsh medium, natural history organisation for people who appreciate and want to learn more about the natural environment, geography and heritage of their country. Cymdeithas Edward Llwyd aims to promote and standardise the use of the Welsh language within its fields of interest. Further details about Cymdeithas Edward Llwyd is available here: www.cymdeithasedwardllwyd.cymru

PHOTOGRAPH: Members of the Cymdeithas Edward Llwyd organisation who took part in the litter-pick