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From Russia for bugs: National Trust reveals most unusual objects to wash ashore in UK

Russian bug spray, a council bin and the remains of a 1980s picnic are among the most unusual items found washed up on beaches cared for by the National Trust.

Spasibo, ne nado: That's Russian for no thanks (hopefully) Credit: PA Images

The charity has unveiled the 20 oddest objects found on its shores - which include a working Canadian research buoy, tiny plastic soldiers and thousands of neon pink detergent bottles - to shine a spotlight on marine pollution.

The problem continues to blight UK beaches despite growing public awareness of issues such as single-use plastics ending up in the seas, the charity said.

The National Trust is calling on staff, volunteers and the public to take part in beach or river cleans as part of a campaign to encourage people to tackle pollution and help the environment.

While some of the finds are of recent items and debris, some illustrate just how long waste can last in the seas.

They include:

  • 19th, 20th and 21st century shoes beached at Orford Ness in Suffolk
  • A bottle of rum from the US.
  • A can of fly spray from Russia - Orford Ness
  • Canadian research buoy, still recording temperatures and sending data via satellite
  • Plastic debris covered in goose barnacles thought to have drifted from the Caribbean.
  • A council bin from Peterborough, nicknamed "Pete", which travelled 70 miles along the River Nene to Blakeney Point, and was later returned to its home constituency.
  • 26 helium balloons - Orford Ness, Suffolk
Oh Buoy: This research buoy was still transmitting data Credit: PA Images

The National Trust looks after 780 miles of coastline around England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Phil Dyke, coastal specialist at the charity, said:

"It's fascinating to hear of the unusual things that land on our beaches, whether they're relics from history or objects that have travelled thousands of miles. But as weird and wonderful as these items are, they tell a more serious story about the permanent nature of plastic, and the constant deluge of marine litter arriving on our shores."

– Phil Dyke