Dumfries and Galloway Helicopter Beach Clean ups


A Helicopter was used to remove tonnes of marine plastic from the shore near Auchencairn, Dumfries and Galloway. The airlift was a joint effort by the Rotary clubs of Dumfries Devorgilla, Kirkcudbright and Dalbeattie, the Solway Firth Partnership and D&G Eco Warriors.

The Beach Clean ups are apart of the ‘Making More of the Coast’ project with the Solway Firth Partnership and brings together local volunteers who want to see the restoration of beautiful coastlines.

The communities of Dumfries Devorgilla, Kirkcudbright and Dalbeattie all continued working throughout the pandemic and lockdowns to clean up their beaches from accumulated litter washed in by the sea. Dumfries Devorgilla completed a series of Beach Cleans over 8 months in the pandemic and removed over 150kg of plastic waste from their beaches.

The beach clean ups have been an incredible way of culminating a local taskforce of volunteers to achieve something important and worthwhile for communities and the environment. The Helicopter clean up has caught the imagination of volunteers, environmental organisations and council staff alike.

The Making More of the Coast project with the Solway Firth Partnership was set up to engage with people to raise awareness of the high quality of the Dumfries and Galloway coastline. By bringing together the local rotary clubs and charity partnerships, the project is encouraging collective collaboration within communities to take care of each other’s coastlines.

The Making More of the Coast project promotes initiatives which take good care of and make the best use of the available resources along over 200 miles of coastline in the Dumfries area. Something the local councils, rotary clubs and charities are responding to with this project.

The clean ups – by helicopter – involved tonnes of marine plastic waste removed from the shore at Barlocco Bay near Auchencairen. Without the use of this transportation a large-scale clean-up in a rural area like this would not of been possible.