Broadford Students Tackle Heaste Marine Waste

Countryside Skills and Outdoor Adventure students pull together in huge effort to help clean up Isle of Skye beach

Students from our Countryside Skills and Outdoor Adventure courses based at UHI West Highland's Broadford campus battled the elements on Monday 31st October, spending their Halloween working together to retrieve a truckload of rubbish (literally) from the shores at Heaste on the Isle of Skye. The waste was uplifted by truck and weighed thanks to the Highland Council.

Large mounds of bagged waste

Both courses heavily involve being in the outdoors and consideration for our natural environment, with the students being able to bring in their conservation and canoeing experience to aid the cleanup. The students have made a fantastic start to their courses, and the enthusiasm on site (not to mention the singing) was infectious as they cleared and bagged 560KG of litter and waste - with another significant load still to be collected by boat to uplift the remaining waste netted on the day.

A group of students tackling waste on a pair of canoes

Students standing beside mounds of bagged waste

The beach clean is part of the Skye Beach Cleans initiative which was founded in 2011, who through a team of volunteers and organisers work tirelessly to clean the beaches of the Isle of Skye and minimise the damage done to wildlife and the environment. If you would like to get involved in future beach cleans, you can find out more on their website: