East Haven Beach

Why not walk or get on your bike the next time you visit East Haven? The popular beach is enjoyed by families, dog walkers, horseriders and sea-anglers. The sandy bay is surrounding by rocks providing a safe area for children to play during low tide. This is a rural beach with a diverse range of sealife and tidal seaweed. Although the beach is not a designated bathing area adults and children alike can be seen enjoying a paddle during warm weather. 

Water quality has not been tested. However, individuals and families have enjoyed beach/water activities in East Haven for decades and there have been no reported incidents of water related illness. That said, the guidance is always to avoid entering the water for a couple of days after excess rain and/or stormy weather. 

Beach Cleans 2019

Turning the plastic tide is a challenge on a global scale. In East Haven, every tide brings in something new so we go out litter picking every day of the year. You might have heard the saying, “The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” We have to keep this in mind and not let ourselves become overwhelmed or feel hopeless at the enourmity of the task. Every item of litter/plastic removed from the beach is one less to harm wildlife and damage the marine environment. East Haven Together holds regular public beach cleans and uploads survey data to the Marine Conservation Society (MCS). Dates for 2019 are noted below. Keep an eye on the diary though as additional events will be organised.                                                                                       

9th February 10am   -   12 May 2pm   -   27 July 2pm   -   14 September 10am    

 

Dune Conservation

During September we became aware that a large part of the dunes near the winches is eroding due to an increase in visitor numbers. Due to the severity of the problem we asked Angus Council Coastal Management team for an urgent on-site meeting to explore what action should be taken to prevent the problem getting any worse and to help the dune system recover.  As a result, we have agreed a number of immediate and longer term actions to help recovery and prevent further damage in the future. Firstly, we have fenced off the area of greatest concern and started to plant coastal grasses. Luckily, Stan Beattie had grown hundreds of Marram and Lyme grasses from seed earlier this year. Marram and Lyme grasses are the best coastal defence as they provide a strong structure to bind the dunes.  We have already planted around 300 grasses but intend planting a further 800 across two key areas of dune this autumn. Further plans and protection work will be cariied out over the next year as we raise funds to assist us in this important area of dune conservation. 

Residents and friends of East Haven manage their own beach. If you have any comments or concerns please contact us via our website or Facebook page.

EH Beach Risk Assessment 2019

Beach Management Plan 2019

Great British Beach Clean 2018

On Sunday 16th September 17 volunteers attended the Great British Beach Clean in East Haven. It was only a week since the same 1km stretch had been cleaned when littoral artist, Julia Barton visited. Despite this, a further 16 bags of marine litter was removed which is jaw dropping and of enormous concern. All items were painstakingly recorded and uploaded to the Marine Conservation Society to inform research and knowledge about what is happening on our Scottish coasts. As you can see from the chart opposite, 86.5% of the material comprised plastic or polystyrene. Residents in East Haven are trying to eliminate the use of single use plastic items in an attempt to raise awareness of the environmental damage this waste is inflicting on our seas and wildlife.  Many thanks to all those who volunteered and gave their precious time to this great effort.

 

 

Littoral Sci-Art Project 2018

Artist Julia Barton visited East Haven on 9th September as part of an awareness raising intiative during Angus Coastal Festival. Julia has been working on a science-art project called Littoral Art. The idea developed a couple of years ago when she became aware of the extent of plastics which have infiltrated the marine system. It was a great learning experience for residents and visitors alike as Julia helped people identify minute particles of plastic embedded in every part of the sand, dune and seaweed system. It was really shocking to see the amount of plastic that can be extracted from even a small area 1m square. Some of it is identifiable such as nylon fishing line (monofilament) and plastic cotton buds. Other items are much more difficult to spot such as nurdles which are tiny pellets of plastic. Billions are used every year to make nearly all our plastic products but many end up on beaches such as ours in East Haven. Julia also introduced participants to plasticglomerates which are stones containing melted plastic. We were very shocked to find them on our beach and understand that they may have been created by people burning plastic bottles during BBQs. Why not take a look at Julia's web-site or Facebook page and find out more about how she will develop the project in 2019.

'Don't Let Go' of Balloons Campaign

What a fantastic response we have had to our ‘Don’t Let Go’ of balloons campaign which was initiated by the Marine Conservation Society in 2015. Cllr Julie Bell participated in her role as Angus Council’s Habitat Champion for Marine Littering. Angus Council have supported the ‘Don’t Let Go’ campaign with a policy which bans the release of balloons and sky lanterns from Council property and also at events endorsed by the Council.

 Many members of the public do not realise that releasing balloons causes incalculable damage to wildlife and the environment. Farm animals often mistake the balloons for food whilst many birds and marine animals become entangled in them, to say nothing of the increased risk of fire across moorland, woodland and coastal grasses, especially after the recent heatwave. In some high profile events over the last year, balloons have been released to commemorate deaths and tragic events, as well as weddings.  East Haven Together used a beach clean event on 15th July  to raise awareness and help people to find more positive ways of remembering loved ones.  More about  alternatives to balloons can be found on the ACE web-site www.aceangus.co.uk

Community led Beach Award 2018

East Haven Together is delighted to receive a beach award from Keep Scotland Beautiful for the third consecutive year. We are particularly proud of the fact that East Haven is the only place on mainland Scotland to achieve a community led award. Twice a year we attend the beach managers forum in Stirling where we join Local Authority managers and the senior scientist from SEPA to share good practice. We are assessed against 25 different criteria covering community, safety, access, environment, education, and information. In East Haven it really is a community effort and is about the whole amenity. As many of you are aware, we also collect beach litter every day and involve involve the wider community and school children in Marine Conservation surveys.  We are very grateful to CatchmentTayltd for the beautiful flag pole which is now installed on the heritage point enabling us to proudly fly our beach award  flag for the first time.

Clean up Europe Weekend 2018

East Haven beach clean 12 May 2018

A massive 200kg of plastic and other marine litter was lifted from the 100m survey stretch during Clean up Europe weekend. This is really concerning as there does seem to be an increase in all kinds of plastic and fishing gear. We cleared 7 damaged creels and lots of fishing rope which incidentally, also contains plastic.  Graeme Dey our local MSP also attended so he could see at first hand the problems we are dealing with locally. Graeme has been working really hard to help understand why there is an increase in what is termed, ghost fishing gear which is very damaging to marine life. Once all the litter was collected we had the rather unpleasant job of sifting through it all to count items and upload the data to the Marine Conservation Society (MCS). MCS analyse the data and identify trends and the source of marine litter at locations across the UK. This adds to national and international evidence and knowledge about the state of our oceans. Volunteers were treated to hot drinks and fresh scones with jam and cream in thanks for all their efforts. We were also grateful to Sustrans for a supply of their 2 minute clean up bags which all participants received. 

  • Children from Our Lady's Primary school in Perth visited to help with a big beach clean on 13 March

  • They learned how to do an MCS survey

  • They had a great day and learned a lot about marine plastic and other beach litter

Capturing our Coast July 2017

We were really pleased to welcome Dr Hannah Grist from the Marine Sciences Institute in Oban to deliver Capturing our Coast training in East Haven yesterday. Fifteen Citizen scientists enjoyed a great day learning how to lay out a transect and use a quadrat to record marine species. It's not quite as easy as it sounds as it the project employs a very specific methodology. However, we fully utilised Hannah's skills and knowledge throughout the day and learned so much about different seaweed and animal species. It was really fun day and of course we all  enjoyed a lovely lunch together. Our next plan is to organise a few days throughout the year when we can go out in small groups to carry out the surveys and upload data to this important UK wide project. 

Great Nurdle Hunt 3 June 2017

We were really pleased to welcome Dr Hannah Grist from the Marine Sciences Institute in Oban to deliver Capturing our Coast training in East Haven yesterday. Fifteen Citizen scientists enjoyed a great day learning how to lay out a transect and use a quadrat to record marine species. It's not quite as easy as it sounds as it the project employs a very specific methodology. However, we fully utilised Hannah's skills and knowledge throughout the day and learned so much about different seaweed and animal species. It was really fun day and of course we all  enjoyed a lovely lunch together. Our next plan is to organise a few days throughout the year when we can go out in small groups to carry out the surveys and upload data to this important UK wide project.