This is Garelochhead. One of my regular patches. A place I love.
Beautiful isn't it?
The Gare Loch with its surrounding horseshoe of hills is what it's all about. Great birding down there by the water - Carrion crow, Common gull, Lesser black-backed gull, Magpie, Oystercatcher, Redshank, Starling, Hooded crow, Curlew, Eider duck, Goldeneye duck, Grey heron, Herring gull, Jackdaw, Mallard, Pied wagtail.
But zoom in and this is what you see:
They come in on the waves, floated to the head of the loch by west coast winds and the tide. It's not the fault of Garelochhead. The vast majority of these pieces aren't theirs. They're all of ours.
Garelochhead is just one little speck on one big world, this is happening across all of it.
Not a world I'll be proud to show my children.
What we can do:
- Sign the Clean Up Scotland pledge to show that you care and want to take action. Signing shows politicians and businesses that we demand change. - www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/pledge
- 2 Minute Beach Clean! - www.beachclean.net/why - remember to share your pics on social media.
- reduce use of plastics and lobby business and government to do the same.
Garelochhead, why I love it:
You are most welcome to use material from this post to help campaign for a protected planet.
Leo du Feu, 2017