Fishermen will down their nets next week to help clear a north-east beach of litter.
The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, Kimo UK and Aberdeenshire Council will take to Cairnbulg beach next Sunday and start clearing it of marine litter.
The rocky foreshore and sandy beach has attracted large numbers of birds throughout the year which feast on insects amongst the kelp. Recently, however, increased litter has been causing concern.
As well as plastic bags and general waste being dumped at the landmark, rubber boots and bottles are washing ashore.
Councillor David Aitchison, chairman of the council’s infrastructure services committee, said marine litter was an “eyesore” that endangers marine life.
“Aberdeenshire’s beaches are some of the most beautiful in the country and we want to keep them that way,” he added.
Ross Dougal, the president of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said: “Fishermen are passionate about the marine environment and the need to keep it clean and healthy.
“We are delighted to support this highly worthwhile initiative to tidy up Cairnbulg beach, which will benefit the local wildlife and ensure it is a great place for people to visit and enjoy.”
Local people are now being invited to help with efforts to clean the beach by attending between 11am and 3pm.
There will also be a complimentary barbecue, with 40kg of seafood for volunteers to enjoy as a thank you for taking part.
Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.