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Click on these links to access materials and ideas for activities for active learning opportunities on the topic of beach litter, the Moray Firth and marine life. (MFP cannot be held responsible for the content of external sites).

 International organisations

The Global Marine litter campaign links you to campaigns across the world – and share in their great project ideas.

The USA-led International Year of the Ocean Marine Debris Marine Debris Education pack contains templates for including colouring-in by younger pupils.

 “Turning the Tide on Trash” is a USA Environment Protection Agency project with useful links to other beach litter projects across the globe.

The World Wildlife Fund spotlights the world’s  Oceans as one it its “Happening Habitats”.

Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS) This international recognises how important education is in achieving our objectives. It underpins everything we do and is at the core of every successful campaign, conservation initiative, whale watch trip, event, project and publication. 

Sligo Seashore An Irish schools’ heritage and ICT project, which encourages high levels of awareness and understanding of seashore heritage schoolchildren. 

ARKive is “The Noah’s Ark for the internet era”. This is a separate education zone designed for teachers and other educators, offering worksheets, project ideas, lesson plans and support materials looking at the world’s endangered species.


National Organisations

National Aquatic Litter Group

Adopt A Beach Would you like help to look after your local beach? With support from Adopt and Beach and the Marine Conservation Society anyone in Scotland can adopt their favourite stretch of coast.

Marine Coastguard Agency Educational downloads to help with projects looking at  hazards, including litter of all types, on the beach.

The impact of what we flush down our toilets (SRD, or Sewage Related Debris) is highlighted here

The Marine Life Information Network for Britain and Ireland ( MarLIN ) Their Learning Zone contains interactive material for all ages.

Scottish Natural Heritage Sea Chests . These boxes of hands-on reources can be borrowed by schools and groups studying any topic with a marine theme. 

Scottish Natural Heritage has a web site “TeachingSpace” dedicated to encouraging schools to take their learning outside.  Here you will find activities and suggestions of places to move your classroom outdoors.

Scottish Natural Heritage’s education publications cover a wide range of marine and seashore topics.

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is the UK's national charity dedicated to the protection of the marine environment and its wildlife.

Eco Schools is an international initiative designed to encourage whole-school action for the environment. This award scheme encourages schools and centres to look at a range of issues affecting the environmental impact of both their school building and community.

The John Muir Award encourages the discovery and conservation of wild places – which could be anywhere from a mountaintop to a sand-dune beside the Moray Firth - in a spirit of fun, adventure and exploration.


Highlands and Islands Organisations

Moray Waste Busters is located at the Moray Council Civic Amenity site, near Forres, and provides a combination of practical activities and educational facilities.

Moray Firth Wildlife Centre, run by the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, at Spey Bay near Fochabers is open all year providing activities and support to schools on any aspect of the Moray Firth.  They organise regular beach cleans.


Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust – contact them if you see any serious litter in the sea, or want to report that you’ve seen a dolphin, whale or other marine animal in the seas around Scotland.

Macduff Aquarium provides visitors with an opportunity to get close up to marine creatures – without getting wet!

Group for recycling in Argyll and Bute (GRAB) The GRAB Trust looks at how to address waste and recycling issues in Argyll & Bute. GRAB actively works with schools, the general public, local community recycling groups and businesses. 



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