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Drones could help tackle unseen litter spots

Beach Buddies would welcome the technology

The founder of Beach Buddies has welcomed the possibility of using drone technology along the Island's coasts to identify hidden litter 'hotspots'.

A project in Scotland has used the unmanned aerial vehicles to photograph remote beaches around the country, highlighting areas where significant amounts of waste have built up.

The Scottish Coastal Rubbish Aerial Photography (SCRAPbook) initiative, is a collaboration between three Scottish charities - the Marine Conservation Society, Sky Watch Civil Air Patrol, and the Moray Firth Partnership.

The photography has been used to create an online map, which can be accessed by volunteers from the local community keen to tackle the issue.

Bill Dale says drones could help his Island-based beach cleaning charity target some of the worst spots for marine litter on the Island, and expose the levels of waste at some of the more remote spots along the Manx coast.

Beach Buddies has recently worked in conjunction with Sea Kayaking Isle of Man to reach inaccessible areas to remove items of rubbish.

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