Staff at a marine tourist attraction are leading a major clean-up to rid north-east beaches of debris that could be a “real threat” to local wildlife.
One week on from unprecedented heavy rainfall that caused devastation across Aberdeenshire, experts from Macduff Marine Aquarium are concerned about rubbish that has since washed up on the Banff and Macduff coast.
A spokeswoman for the aquarium, one of the region’s busiest attractions, said action was needed urgently to eliminate the threat to marine wildlife.
“One week after the crazy floods in the north-east of Scotland, all sorts of debris is being washed up on our beaches,” she said.
“This can get back out to sea and poses a real threat to marine animals.
“We are organising a clean of Banff and Macduff beaches for Thursday.”
Organisers are inviting volunteers to join them on the clean-up and will provide waste bags and litter grabbers.
They are appealing to anyone who wants to get involved to bring “heavy duty gloves” and to wear suitable footwear.
All volunteers on the day will be rewarded with a free ticket to the aquarium as a “thank you for caring for our marine life”.
The attraction prides itself on promoting local wildlife, and the majority of exhibits focus on wildlife which can be found along the Banffshire coast and in the Moray Firth.
The clean-up will begin at 12.45pm at the aquarium visitor centre at Macduff harbour.