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April 8 2016.

Volunteers gathered below the cliffs of Newhaven's Castle Hill Local Nature Reserve last weekend to take part in Lewes District Council’s Big Spring Beach Clean.

The volunteers, armed with litter pickers provided by the Council, filled thirty black sacks with rubbish that had been blown onto the beach by the winter storms.

Thyone Outram, Lewes District Council’s Assistant Community Ranger said: “It was great to see so many local people from Newhaven, as well as from across the district, give up their time at the weekend to help clean up the beach. Many of the volunteers were particularly concerned about the amount of plastic that ends up in the sea and on the beaches.”

This area is part of the Brighton and Lewes Downs Biosphere. It is also one of only a small number of places given Marine Conservation Zone status for the rare fragile chalk reef and the sea wildlife including coral, sponges, sea squirts, anemones and sea horses.

If you would like to find out more about the beaches in Sussex and how to get involved, visit the Marine Conservation Society website at

The Council’s rangers host a number of events around the beautiful nature reserves across the district and more information can be found at