The A Rocha group from Alcobaça took a trip to the beach. On the 16th we joined up with the Liga para a Proteção da Natureza (Nature Protection League) and the Alcobaça town council for the Alcobaça Beach Clean-up, an initiative to remove the rubbish from São Martinho do Porto bay and Gralha beach. We were able to verify the huge quantity of small pieces of rubbish – including 380 cigarette butts – on a beach that, at first glance, appeared to be clean. The most common feedback from the event was: ‘there was so little time, we must come back again.’