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Beach boy's greatest hit; ARCHIE, 7, IS ISLE CLEAN-UP HERO Lad helps to save marine life from plastic.

Byline: MOIRA KERR

A PINT-SIZED campaigner is organising beach clean-ups on his home island as part of a mission to save marine life.

Archie Morrison, seven, from Harris, wants to rid the local shores of plastic.

His mum Cristina McAvoy, 37, said her son's grandad John McAvoy, a former SSPCA officer who died last year, instilled an acute awareness in him about the need to protect wildlife.

She added: "When we walk along the beaches, we often come across eider ducks wrapped in plastic and dead fulmars with a belly full of plastic, so Archie sees the problem first hand."

Archie said: "Grandpa and David Attenborough are my favourite people - they looked after the sea.

"Plastic kills sea life. It breaks into micro plastic and it kills the birds. It becomes so small you can hardly see it and the fish eat the plastic and we eat the fish.

"I want a beach clean-up club to clear up all the plastic."

Archie was joined by his sister Rosie, five, and some friends for recent clean-ups along West Loch Tarbert and at Hushinish. Cristina said: "So far he's collected 13 bags of marine plastic and many other larger items."

When he's not cleaning beaches, Archie is doing his bit to publicise the wider cause.

He has spoken about it at a public meeting in Stornoway and is planning to ask local supermarkets to get rid of unnecessary plastic wrapping.

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LITTLE MAN ON A MISSION Archie picking up plastic waste along the shore. Pic: Moira Kerr

SPOILT BEACHES Some of the plastic Archie collected on Harris, above

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