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Man sets out to clean Scotland’s beaches

Michal Czernik’s selfie taken at Melvich Beach



Environment Updates

Michal Czernik will spend eight weeks collecting rubbish

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 28 April, 2014 - It is part adventure trip, part environmental crusade. A lone surfer plans to spend the summer cleaning Scotland’s northernmost beaches before hitting the waves in a bid to raise awareness of some of the country’s most scenic yet polluted shores. Michal Czernik has set aside eight weeks to travel around coastal and island communities, restoring some of the nation’s most breathtaking beaches to their natural splendour.

From the coves of Aberdeenshire to the white sands of the Western Isles, he will criss-cross the northern coast while making a documentary on the region’s fragile ecosystem, interviewing surfers and members of communities affected by the scourge of pollution.

Describing himself as a “sustainable surfer,” Mr Czernik intends to collate data on more than 30 beaches and share it with marine conservation charities to aid research. He then hopes to break out his trusty board and take to the waves for some surf time.

Mr Czernik, a Czech, fell in love with Scotland’s beaches after moving to Edinburgh nine years ago. Now he plans to give up his job as a software developer and embark on his Surf Help mission at the start of June, travelling the country in Bethy, his camper van.

He said: “There’s just so much litter it almost feels like there aren’t enough people who care about this beautiful landscape. I want to prove that there are. Some of the bigger beaches, the more popular ones, have regular volunteering programmes to help keep them clean. But some of the more remote are abandoned and dirty. I want to give them the tender loving care they deserve.”

His itinerary will begin on the mainland, visiting the likes of Lunan Bay, Cruden Bay, Fraserburgh and Banff, before taking in Inverness, Dornoch, Wick and Dunnet Bay.

He is setting aside two days, including a “few hours of surfing time” for each beach.

Martyn McLaughlin

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