Port Logan Plastic Trap

The coastline of Dumfries & Galloway around the Port Logan area is beautiful. One day in March 2017, we’d travelled all the way from Carlisle to explore the area because we’d never been before. We took the path north from the carpark which led alongside & behind the Logan Fish Pond.

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The thing about this part of the UK coastline is that it protrudes into the Irish Sea, on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, and it gets all the weather and waves thrown right at it. It’s also very close to a major shipping route. So we shouldn’t have been surprised when we saw a few bits of plastic; we just weren’t prepared for the absolute mountains of it.

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P1110287.JPGThe deep natural clefts created by the local geology has trapped literally tons of plastic detritus. The apparent edge of the tide of plastic is not actually the edge – underneath that grass there’s more plastic bottles etc, you can hear them crunch & crack when you walk across the area.

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There were obviously lots of large pieces of industrial waste plastic containers etc

But there were numerous smaller domestic items : (deep breath…)

A baby shoe, balloon knot, balloon ribbon, beads (toy jewellery or fishing?) a black comb, a toilet brush, some bubblewrap, the handle of a Bullworker, a bunny-shaped jelly mould, a dog’s chew toy, a child’s pink brush, another dog chew toy, a baby’s dummy, a brush, a green lid, a red disposable lighter, a margarine tub, a Nerd disc, a Heinz mayonnaise bottle (with trapped flies), a squashed football, a pill bottle and piece of sponge, a pink horse (!) a plastic duck numbered 68284 in pen (a duck race winner perhaps?), a shoe, a bit of toy with a sword emblem, tampon applicators, and a Tictacs cap, awkwardly trapped between some bits of granite.

(draws another breath…)

Another shoe, a coke bottle, a chipped container and a button caught in a crevice shared with a sea slater.

Take hope, as alongside these horrors, nature was doing its best to fight back.

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