Published: 00:01, 06 April 2014 |
Daniel Hogburn, of Kings Road, wants to see more done to protect a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) along the cliffs between Minster and Warden Bay.
Populations of the rare plants dragon’s teeth and bithynian vetch grow there and it is also known for an abundance of well-preserved fossils.
Mr Hogburn makes a living from the fossils he collects along the stretch and he says he regularly encounters litter, dumped kitchen appliances and rubble there.
The 37-year-old set up Isle of Sheppey Beach Clean Volunteers in February to try to bring people together to tackle the problem around the entire Island coastline.
He said: “After the storm surge we had at the start of the year I realised the sheer amount of rubbish that had been washed up and gets thrown off the cliffs.
“There’s a mattress, a chair, a lot of bottles and bits and pieces. There’s a lot of fishermen’s rubbish.”
“Most of it is what washes up but at the Eastchurch gap you have also got a lot of rubbish being thrown over the edge.”
Mr Hogburn has spent seven hours cleaning the beach on his own over the past six weeks, during which time he managed to fill 21 black sacks.
He said bricks and rubble were illegally dumped on the cliffs in the 1990s and, although much of it has washed away, they are now making their way along the beach and could potentially harm the protected area.
He said: “A lot of people aren’t aware it [the SSSI] is there. There are naturally rare and naturally scarce flowers there.
“People travel from all over the world to see them but very few people from Sheppey venture there.”
Mr Hogburn is inviting members of the public to join him for clean ups.
One takes place this morning, meeting at the car park on Jetty Road, Warden Bay at 10am.
Every morning at 10am we play you an hour of tunes from the 90s. We call it, #WeLoveThe90s.
Play 'Say It' with Garry and Laura on kmfm Breakfast and you could win £1,000!
Wake up to kmfm Breakfast with Garry and Laura - it's Kent's alarm call.
Your No1 guide to getting married in Kent. From dresses to discos and venues to veils, we've got everything you could possibly need for your big day
Education, Training & Childcare is a special supplement published by KM Media Group four times a year. Click here for latest e-edition.
A guide for your future. For year 11 students in Kent and Medway. Click here for the e-edition.
Get the latest food and drink news, recipes from some of the nation's top chefs plus updates from Kent's vineyards and breweries.
Search in your local area to find your perfect partner in Kent, with FreshStart Dating!
PLUS, register for free!.
Read our pick of the best holiday destinations. Whether its a weekend break, or something a little bit longer, we have reviewed a wide range of holidays.