After the excitement of illuminating the plastic litter issue which is happening on our beaches, for the TEDx University of Edinburgh  audience I am now  head down working out how to make  my 2014 Littoral plans happen.

appeal 2 appeal 1 appeal 5 appeal 6 

appeal 3 appeal 4 appeal raise funds appeal 7

All my thinking and notes lead back to the need to raise funds in order to make to following happen:     

  • create and install an exhibition and installations for Ullapool Museum and town locations
  • carry out a beach litter investigation on a remote beach with volunteers
  • at the end of which I will construct ‘litter rafts’  that will be towed to a point for recycling
  • the process and outcome of which will be documented and    reported

Hence my big sponsorship request which I have set up with Sponsume an  on line crowd funding site, the link below leads you to my  video appeal and details of what you will be funding and the relief prints I will be making and offering as rewards for donations. Please pass the link on to anyone you think might be interested. Any other ideas of how/where t raise funding would be much appreciated.


35kg +

After filling in a risk assessment  for exposure to the elements for the Marine Conservation Society’s  (MCS)   Beach Watch team, to undertake the beach survey  on  Monday 30.9.2013 the day dawned with bright sunlight and only  a light south easterly  breeze.

working together along the strandline

Great conditions for carefully noting the items of litter on the beach .

 caught rope     The heavier pieces -pier fender    bagged up

Seven of us made the most of the weather to do an incredibly thorough job on the beach  examining approximately one hundred metres of the beach stretching from  just east of  Am Pollan Park in Ullapool. Working from the low tide mark to the strand line identifying and counting pieces of glass, metal, wood, cloth and the massive category of plastics .  The survey we carried out for MCS in Ullapool has 35 sub-categories of plastics , mostl of which I have seen in the last three weeks.

well earned rest and cup of tea      weighing the bags of litter

At the end of the survey we discussed how even on a beach which looked relatively clean we had collected 35kg of litter plus a fender off the pier which would have been to heavy for the weighing scale.

Thanks to everyone for giving a hand and to the Loch Broom Sailing Club for use of the club house to make tea and coffee.