Saturday 21st Sept 2019 – A tremendous turnout for our Sept 2019 beach clean up. Over 100 volunteers showed up including a team from Paypal Ireland.
Last week we targeted the heavily littered area of biosphere area along the Bull Island Coastline. The Biosphere area along Bull Island is one of the Island’s most vulnerable locations.
In 1981 UNESCO designated the North bull Island as a biosphere area. The biosphere is home to many species of wildlife and it also supports important habitats for wildlife.
The biosphere area is now heavily polluted with plastics. Our volunteers took out over twenty bags of plastic rubbish in under 2 hours in the area. From the cycle path the area seems clean, but under the vegetation lies huge amounts of plastics and broken plastic fragments.
See videos below from volunteers who recently cleaned the biosphere area.
The whole coastal area of the biosphere is also covered in plastic fragments. These fragments are putting a huge number of birds and creatures at risk of plastic ingestion.
Immediate action is needed to address this plastic contamination of a vulnerable Eco system. The Bull Island Action Group will focus efforts on engaging relevant stakeholders to address the issue of plastic contamination on the biosphere.