Belle Greve Bay has benefited from a much-needed beach clean up, thanks to some willing and enthusiastic volunteers.
Employees from RBC Wealth Management, aided by family and friends, spent their time after work cleaning up the beach to mark RBC Blue Water Day – a day dedicated to highlighting the objectives and achievements of the RBC Blue Water Project, and engaging RBC employees worldwide in activities that help raise awareness of urban water issues.
Working in conjunction with the Marine Biology Section of La Société Guernesiaise, the group cleaned the beach of litter and also recorded what was found, as part of the UK Marine Conservation Society’s Beachwatch programme. In particular, the volunteers were tasked with identifying mermaid’s purses (shark egg cases) and cuttle fish bones to help with local research into their numbers. They also hunted out and recorded the non-native animals and seaweeds that have started to colonise our Island’s shores.
Jessi Jenning, Marine Biology Section Secretary for La Société Guernesiaise said: ‘Beach clean-ups are an excellent opportunity for Islanders to get involved in keeping our shorelines beautiful, and also learn about our rich marine life.
‘Volunteer events like this are an important part of what we do, and we are hugely grateful to everyone from RBC Wealth Management as well as their friends and family. They had already put in a full day in at the office and then generously given up their spare time in the evening to help us.’
Francis Binney, Environmental Officer at RBC Wealth Management, said: ‘It was great to see our employees getting involved with the clean, and taking an active interest in the health and appearance of the beach.
‘Water is a precious but scarce resource, and we hope to raise awareness of the different ways people can effect change, both in their homes and in their natural surroundings.’