Beach litter (beach surveys)


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Headline data

Source: Marine Conservation Society (MCS) and Office for National Statistics (ONS)

Geographical Area: United Kingdom

Unit of Measurement: Median count


1. Some estimates are based on a small sample of beaches and are therefore less reliable. This is particularly the case for Northern Ireland, and older values for Wales and Scotland. Median counts based on fewer than 35 beaches are flagged as 'low reliability' in the download table (select 'Download Source CSV'). Median counts based on fewer than 4 beaches have not been included due to very low reliability.

2. 2020 figures should be treated with caution as volunteer numbers were significantly lower than in other years.

3. Comparisons in count should not be made between countries due to differences in volunteer numbers.

This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from UK statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from UK statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other UK-specific metadata information.

This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

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