Volunteers across the Channel Islands have come together to protect the marine environment this weekend for the Big Beach Clean.

The annual event encourages islanders to be proactive about getting rid of the plastics in our oceans.

Platte Saline, Alderney. Credit: ITV Channel TV

Organisations from Alderney Wildlife Trust, La Société Guernesiaise (NatureGuernsey), Pick it up Guernsey and Littlefeet Environmental Jersey are working together to help protect wildlife in the marine habitat.

People of all ages came together along Guernsey's and Jersey's west coast on Saturday 11 January to clear the beach of rope, plastic and litter.

People braved the cold at Ouaisne beach on Saturday to collect rubbish. Credit: ITV Channel TV

The most common item collected in Jersey was fishing rope.

A shoe, a golf ball and some tropical seeds were among the more unusual things found.

The Chairman of Littlefeet Environmental is urging people to do their bit to collect rubbish when on the beach.

Well we all love our beaches don't we, we all love spending time down here in the summer. Not so much today when it's cold and windy like this, but these are the times when we can actually get out there and pick a bit up and keep the beaches clean and be proud of the island. We found a few shot gun cartridges, we tend to find quite a lot down here. We also found bits of string, bits of fishing gear and little pieces of rope, that seems to be the main offender. There's a lot of fishing gear that we find washing up.

Andy Farmer, Chairman Littlefeet Environmental

Meanwhile in Guernsey, items including fishing hooks, nylon rope and small pieces of foil were collected at Grandes Harves.

The fish hook was collected and which Laura Bampton from La Société Guernesiaiseis says takes thousands of years to decompose. Credit: ITV Channel TV

I think there are so many different benefits to it [The Big Beach Clean]. Obviously you have the fact that we are taking this litter off the beach and that bit of fishing line now won't do any harm to marine wildlife.

Laura Bampton, La Société Guernesiaise