Marine-clean for protected heathland
Military clean-up operations can often be risky endeavours conducted in the aftermath of battle.
But for a group of Royal Marine recruits, the term could be applied literally to the more mundane business of litter-picking at their Commando Training Centre at Lympstone, near Exeter.
The Marines collected debris left by their own training as well as 30 sacks of civilian litter left behind on the ancient and protected East Devon Pebblebed Heaths, which have been used by the Royal Marines for training since 1939.
Captain Steve Cotton said: "We are very fortunate to have access to such a versatile training area and we are committed to ensuring our activity does not damage this very important heathland.
"We undertake a sweep after exercises to ensure our activity does not adversely impact on the ecology and biodiversity."
The heaths, owned by Clinton Devon Estates, are part of the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.