North Berwick: Family Friendly Beach Cleans

Join us to remove marine debris from the North Berwick coastline, whilst enjoying some amazing marine wildlife and habitats with like-minded people. This beach clean will cover East and/or West beach in North Berwick - we will cover as much ground as possible within 1 hour. We will only collect what we can reasonably carry back to the centre, where the waste will be sorted, recorded, and disposed of (recycling where possible).

In the event that there is only a small quantity of debris to collect, we may choose to undertake a citizen science survey (such as a nurdle hunt) and submit the data we collect to increase understanding about marine pollution and habitats.

Friendly, quiet dogs are welcome, but we ask they are kept on a short lead throughout.


This event will concentrate on East and/or West beach in North Berwick, starting and finishing outside the Scottish Seabird Centre.

What will we provide?

We'll provide the beach cleaning kit, including gloves, alcohol hand gel, bin bags and pickers (for those who want them). The group leader will carry a large, waterproof backpack to carry additional debris. Binoculars will also be available to borrow for those who want them. A health and safety briefing will take place before heading down onto the shore .

What do you need to bring?

Walking boots or shoes with good grip, clothing appropriate for the weather outside, a drink and food as required, any medication you may need, a mobile phone, sun protection (good weather days).


We will be on the move for around 60 minutes during this clean-up, and the route may include some gentle slopes, uneven sand, rocky ground, and slippy surfaces. We will always try to adjust the pace and the route to make sure that everyone is comfortable, but please let us know in advance if you have questions or concerns about the distance or the route. You can direct queries to

We are delighted that, thanks to the incredible work of the team at Beach Wheelchairs, the beach clean can now be accessible for wheelchair users (subject to availability). To discuss available equipment and book a session to coincide with this event, get in touch with the Beach Wheelchair volunteers on: or give them a call on: 0300 111 2112. They have a range of adapted manual wheelchairs and an all terrain power wheelchair that can be used both directly and with attendant controls. They also have a hoist. The experienced volunteers will chat through options with you to make sure you get the best experience possible.

Keeping everyone safe

Our group leader is a trained first aider and will be carrying a first aid kit and mobile phone. A copy the risk assessment for the walk will be available to view before/during the event.

What if the event is cancelled?

If this event is cancelled due to poor weather conditions or other circumstances, we will get in touch with you the day before to let you know.

Seton Sands Beach Cleans
We have regular beach cleans scheduled at Seton Sands and Morrisons Haven as part of our East Lothian Coastal Clean Up activities. Click the link below to find out more.

Self-Led Beach Cleans
You can borrow a beach-clean kit from the Scottish Seabird Centre any weekday between 10.00 and 16.00. Volunteering your time to clean-up the coastline is a great way to help improve marine habitats and protect wildlife.