Many bird colonies prefer to nest on islets, so you should steer clear of them during nesting times. Waterbirds nest in places that offer shelter, such as among grasses and reeds. Shoreline meadows and islets are typical nesting places for birds. Klemola emphasises that, when cleaning a beach, groups should especially be careful to avoid disturbing the nests of shoreline nesters, such as the little ringed plover, many waterbirds and the terns. The camouflaging colours of the eggs make them difficult to see.
While moving around the clean-up site, it is, therefore, important to keep your eyes open and observe the behaviours of the birds around you. This will enable you to anticipate and avoid possible nesting places. Hannu Klemola also reminds us that dogs and cats need to be on a lead at clean-up sites.
Clean Beach is a programme that we hope can positively contribute to improving the state of our natural surroundings. The purpose of the clear instructions, advance notifications and sufficient information is to assist you in selecting appropriate clean-up sites. Participation in the programme signifies your interest in the well-being of nature. The programme is being implemented with a respect for nature.