A team of employees from Barclays Wealth and Investment Management in the Isle of Man helped gather around 20 sacks of rubbish during a recent beach clean.
The volunteers spent an afternoon collecting litter from the Ayres shoreline, including two heavy coils of rope, supporting the Manx Wildlife Trust’s effort to improve the environment of the sand and shingle beach.
The Ayres are home to a rich variety of wildlife, including Little Terns, Arctic and Common Terns, Sanderling, Curlew Sandpiper, Whimbrel, Skuas and Gannets, but the beach is also next to a busy shipping lane, which causes large amounts of rubbish to wash ashore.
Armed with gloves, litter grabbers and bin bags provided by the Manx Wildlife Trust, the Barclays Wealth and Investment Management team set about their task.
Simon Everett, who organised the team from Barclays, said: “The eight volunteers from Barclays, assisted by the Manx Wildlife Trust volunteers, cleared over 20 large sacks of debris from Ayres beach in a two and a half hour period.”
“I can only liken it to the painting of the Forth Bridge, as I am pretty sure if we revisited a week later a similar amount of rubbish would be collected! Either way it is a worthwhile exercise and one which we plan to repeat.”
Stuart Nelson, Head of Corporate and Intermediary Banking in the Isle of Man, added: “Barclays Wealth and Investment Management employees are always quick to volunteer to help support community initiatives, so it came as no surprise that a team came together to help the Manx Wildlife Trust carry out this important beach clean.”
“The Ayres is an area of outstanding beauty as well as a valuable habitat for many birds. Sadly, the fact a major shipping lane runs alongside means a large amount of litter settles on the beach. Barclays Wealth and Investment Management was delighted to support its employees in volunteering to help tackle this problem.”
Manx Wildlife Trust arranged for the collected rubbish to be collected and safely disposed of.