A mother and daughter team are on a mission to help Salcombe become more plastic clever as part of Kids Against Plastic and this summer they are doing a plastic patrol of the estuary on their paddleboard.

So far, journalist and environmentalist Anna Turns and six-year-old Ella have awarded more than 20 businesses with plastic clever certificates and blue window stickers, encouraging more people to think more responsibly about single-use plastic, and they are working closely with Salcombe primary school to raise awareness of ocean plastics. As well as throwaway items such as plastic bags, straws, drinks bottles, plastic cutlery and takeaway cups with lids, the duo are keen to find alternatives to the water balloons that get thrown into the estuary during summer festival events.

In order to highlight where microplastics accumulate around Salcombe-Kingsbridge estuary, Anna and Ella are stand-up paddleboarding the entire length of the estuary, a total of 22 miles including all the creeks, logging litter they find and collecting valuable data as they go. “Marine wildlife such as dolphins, whales, fish and seahorses can all eat microplastics and that can really harm them,” explains Ella. “Beach cleans and litter picks are not a quick fix to the problem of plastic pollution but the data we collect will give a rare, valuable snapshot of where microplastics end up in the estuary over the course of one weekend,” adds Anna.

Salcombe-Kingsbridge Estuary is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a Local Nature Reserve, plus it has been recognised as an eco-port by the European Sea Ports Organisation. “As a busy fishing harbour that relies heavily on tourism, we can all be part of the solution and help make Salcombe more plastic clever,” says Anna who is organising three Marine Conservation Society beach cleans and encouraging everyone to download the Plastic Patrol app and log the litter they find in, on or around the estuary.

Follow Ella’s progress on Facebook: www.facebook.com/salcombeplasticclever and get in touch with Anna via email: devonfreelancefeatures@gmail.com

Paddle and Pick Challenge with Plastic Clever Salcombe – 8 & 9 June 2018. Watch this space for further details. With thanks to our event sponsors.



Salcombe’s Plastic Clever Businesses

The Fortescue Inn, Salcombe

Salcombe Coffee Company, Salcombe

Salcombe Harbour Hotel, Salcombe

The Venus Company, East Portlemouth

The Venus Company, Bigbury-on-Sea

The Venus Company, Blackpool Sands

The Venus Company, Dartington

Pretty Local, Malborough

South Sands Hotel, Salcombe

The Cove, Hope Cove

Ocean Reach, Bolberry

The Sloop Inn, Bantham

The Bakehouse, Salcombe

The Bakehouse, Kingsbridge

Coast & Country Cottages, Salcombe

Salcombe Original Takeaway, Salcombe

Salcombe Trading Company, Salcombe

East Soar Outdoor Experience, near Malborough

Salcombe Gin, Salcombe

The Millbrook Inn, South Pool

The Bigbury Beach Shop, Bigbury-on-Sea