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Changing litter into wildlife is an important task that keeps you focussed.

And the youngsters and their mums and dads at the first Litter Critters event of 2020, were loving creating works of art today.

The plan is to turn recycled rubbish found on our beaches into some of the creatures you may see in and around the Irish Sea.

Hundreds of people are expected to take part in creating the litter critters at Park View 4U Ecopod in Lytham this week. The events are organised by Fylde and Blackpool councils, working with the Lancashire Wildlife Trust and LoveMyBeach.

At the end of the week those dolphins, whales, turtles and jellyfish will be part of an exhibition hanging from the ceiling of the EcoPod.

Lancashire Wildlife Trust’s Fylde Sand Dunes Project Community Engagement Officer Amy Pennington said: “This is an opportunity to speak to lots of people about the problems caused by litter on the beach, which can then get into the sea.

“The exhibition is an exciting hanging “underwater” display of marine animals, creating an undersea adventure. Visitors have been helping us to convert the collected litter and recyclable waste from our local beaches into art pieces to create their favourite animal from the coast.

“Plastics in particular can create horrible problems for our wonderful Irish Sea wildlife. Litter Critters helps people to understand the creatures we have in our bit of the ocean and how we can start to protect it by being a little bit more thoughtful.”

Booking is not necessary. Litter Critters workshops are at the EcoPod at Park View 4U, Queen Elizabeth II Park View Playing Fields, Park View Road, Lytham, FY8 4JE. They will continue tomorrow (Feb 18) to Friday, from10am to 3pm, except Wednesday, when the opening times are 1pm to 3pm.

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