Marine litter critters

Image: Gail Pickett

I’m lucky enough to live on the Sefton coast, a vast stretch of mobile sand dunes and sandy beaches where in the cooler months flocks of waders make shimmering patterns in the sky.

Sadly the summer visitors, aka day trippers, are less appreciative of the environment than the hungry waders and often leave huge volumes of waste for the litter fairies to remove.

So what to do with all this rubbish?

How about making it into Marine Litter Critters, then use the various creations to make an installation illustrating a regenerating seabed?

A seabed in the Irish Sea that after many years of over fishing and dredging has been declared a marine nature reserve and can become a thriving seabed full of native wildlife. Also whilst we are putting the installation together, why don’t we film it and make a short time lapse type of film?

After four weeks of workshops held at three very supportive local libraries along the coast and much gluing, sewing and painting, we had plenty of marine creatures, a large enough space to build the installation, a gazebo frame to hold a net to suspend creatures from, we were just short of a good size net.

Image: Gail Pickett

Luckily the internet led me to Ghost Fishing UK, and after a few emails, a perfectly sized net arrived, and as you can hopefully see in the pictures, performed sterling service as the surface of the sea.

Filming done, we held an open day with tea and cake for the people who helped us make the creatures and left the creatures in their new environment (Crosby Library) for a week before taking it down. Sad. Thanks to Fred from Ghost Fishing UK for sending the net and thank you too to anyone helping to remove litter of whatever kind from our waters.

Gail Pickett volunteers for Lancashire Wildlife Trust.

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