A COMMUNITY beach clean on the West coast of Anglesey is on the horizon.

As part of a 'New Year Plast Off', RSPCA Cymru’s inspectorate have teamed up with North Wales Wildlife Trust for an event to remove and recycle as much plastic marine litter as possible around Cable Bay.

Beaches - North and South of the area - will also be targetted.

The clean up will take place on Saturday, January 19 at 10am.

Andy Broadbent, RSPCA inspector, said: “We are very pleased to be once again assisting with the North Wales Wildlife Trust for this event which aims to remove as much plastic pollution that poses a threat to marine wildlife as possible around Cable Bay.

"Our rope rescue team will be volunteering to come and take part in the event and we hope it will be as much as a success as last year’s event which saw hundreds of people volunteer.

"We are regularly called out to deal with horrifying injuries and deaths of wildlife which have become entangled in, or have eaten, plastic litter. Seabirds often become entangled in fishing line then die from being unable to feed. Some birds use it as nesting material which they and their offspring then become entangled in.

"By removing this marine debris as well as encouraging others to dispose of their litter appropriately, we hope we can make a really positive impact on the welfare of wildlife around our shores.”

Chris Baker, People and Wildlife Manager for the North Wales Wildlife Trust, said: “Thanks to widespread media coverage of the issue over the past year, people are now more aware than ever of the threat posed by plastic pollution in our oceans. Here in North Wales we are reminded of the scale of the problem every winter when storms throw up huge quantities of rubbish which lies strewn across our beautiful sandy beaches and rocky shores.

"We’re very excited to once again be teaming up with RSPCA Cymru to run this unique public beach clean event in January. Last year proved to be a phenomenal success, with more than 150 people braving the wintery weather to help remove over half a tonne of rubbish from three different beaches in the area.

"We’re hoping to make this year’s event even bigger, encouraging local people to do their bit to make our coastline a safer place for wildlife and serving as a reminder to Welsh Government of the scale of this crisis and the need to tackle plastic pollution at its source."

Anyone interested in the event can turn up on the day. Registration will be required on arrival. Under 18s will need to be accompanied by an adult.