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Caithness News Bulletins September 2004
VOLUNTEERS FLOCK TO KEISS BEACH
The volunteers cleared large amounts of unwanted debris and litter along the rocky section of the shore between the harbour and Stain. Members of the Caithness Critters and the Caithness Countryside Volunteers turned out in force and with help from local residents, created a strong hit squad. The types and quantities of litter were recorded and removed to ensure that the surveyed stretch of beach was rubbish free.
Beach litter is more than just an eyesore as particular items such as nets and rope can post a threat to wildlife. 177 different species of marine animals are known to mistake litter for food, which can block their digestive system. In February this year, a rare Cuvier's beaked whale washed up dead on Mull. Inside the whale's stomach a large number of plastic bin bags were found blocking part of the gut.
Marina Finlayson, East Caithness Ranger
and beach clean organiser said: "It was fantastic to see the amount of
support for this clean-up as without the efforts of volunteers, it would
not happen. Much of the