Isle of Harris Guides and Rangers took part in a shore clean-up of Loch Roag on Saturday 14th May.
The Girl Guides swept Reef Beach and its shoreline for litter to contribute to the two day effort made by local businesses and organisations who regularly use the loch.
Volunteers came together from Hebridean Mussels, Loch Fyne Oysters, Miavaig Moorings Association, Morsgail and Amhuinnsuidhe Estates, Outer Hebrides Fisheries Trust, Seatrek, The Scottish Salmon Company, Uig Lodge and Uig Seafare. Comhairle nan Eilean Siar provided protective kit and equipment and rubbish was gathered on foot and by boat, filling six skips.
The clean-up was driven by a shared passion for looking after the loch for all to enjoy and work in sustainably, and it is hoped that more areas will be targeted as a regular, ongoing commitment for Loch Roag and its users.
The Guides’ environmental efforts were the culmination of several meetings spent learning about the ocean, its inhabitants and produce.
This has earned them the Ocean Challenge Badge, a badge developed especially by Girlguiding Scotland to encourage greater interest in the environment.
To celebrate, they barbequed fresh salmon on the beach, kindly donated by The Scottish Salmon Company.