Human waste, illegal camping and vandalism burn Morfa Bychan beauty site
ILLEGAL camping, garbage and human waste destroy a place of beauty and endanger nature, warn its guardians of the environment.
An unprecedented increase in overnight parking and camping on Morfa Bychan Beach near Ragwen Point, Pendine has resulted in the scattering of rubbish and waste throughout the landscape.
The locked beach parking gate has been vandalized several times with portable angle grinders over the past year, so vehicles and campers can access the beach.
Illegal logging, nighttime parties, and cut gates and poles for campfires have also destroyed the landscape, most of which is in a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
National Trust Cymru, Local MP Simon Hart and the community are now urging people not to illegally park overnight and stay at a licensed campsite
National Trust Cymru rangers must divert their time from carrying out essential conservation work, cleaning up trash, toilet waste and leftover barbecues from illegal campers and repairing damaged infrastructure.
The Trust is working with Simon Hart, Dyfed Powys Police, Natural Resources Wales, Dŵr Cymru, Carmarthenshire Community Council and Pendine Community Council to overcome these issues and ask the local community and other visitors to report any antisocial behavior to the police.
Parking is limited above the beach, but access is most easily accessible on foot. If there is no room on arrival, visitors are encouraged to try another location nearby to avoid blocking service or emergency access.
Simon Hart added:
“Morfa Bychan is a very special and wild place that I have been visiting for decades. Glad more people know this and are enjoying the beach, but it is spoiled by a few selfish people.
“Trees were cut down with chainsaws, quads pushed onto the shingle bank and human waste left behind.
“Local residents regularly collect trash and the National Trust is very good at picking it up – one fall we even cleared out an old trampoline and a dead trailer.
“I urge people to come and enjoy the beach without leaving anything behind or causing damage.
“We know that being in nature and enjoying the beautiful coast and countryside that Wales has to offer has been a saving grace for many over the past year, we are just asking people to visit from safe and responsible manner and care for these places so that they can be enjoyed for generations to come.
Meg Anthony, National Trust Managing Director for Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion, said:
“It is a real concern to see the increase in misuse of Morfa Bychan and not to responsibly visit. Overnight people frequently leave human trash, used toilet paper, barbecues and other trash across the beautiful countryside that they themselves have come to enjoy.
“We urge people to treat the countryside with respect for nature and other visitors. Please only stay overnight at authorized sites, take your garbage home when you visit, and do not use the washroom where there are no facilities.
“Our rangers and COASTodian volunteers visit Morfa Bychan regularly, but we would be happy to receive any reports from the local community of anti-social activity that we can resolve with the assistance of the police.”
* To work alongside the local warden team, the Trust is also looking for volunteer COASTodians for Morfa Bychan, to help take care of this special landscape with regular beach cleanings.