The dangers fishing litter pose to wildlife has been highlighted in Conwy, after RSPCA Cymru rescued an exhausted gull who had a hook through its beak.

Found on the shore of Conwy town on Sunday 20 November, the young black backed gull was also struggling with fishing line wrapped around its body, preventing the bird from flying.

Rescued in an exhausted state, the line and hook were removed from the gull with the recovery process now continuing in RSPCA care…. Continue reading…

The RSPCA is urging people to dispose of fishing litter properly after a coot was found with a fishing line tangled tightly around his tongue.

The coot was taken into the RSPCA’s Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre, in Nantwich, Cheshire, on 8 December, from Tunstall Park, Staffordshire.

The vet team at Stapeley Grange anaesthetised him to remove the line and assess the damage, where it was found that the worst damage was to the base of his tongue, where the line … Continue reading…

A gull which was hanging from a tree by his wing after getting caught up in fishing line was rescued in a joint operation between the RSPCA and Warwickshire Fire & Rescue Service.

The distressed gull was seen by a member of the public trying to free himself from a tree on an island in Sidings Pool, Smorrall Lane, Bedworth, yesterday (Tues) morning.

RSPCA inspector Louise Labram assessed the situation and called crews from Warwickshire Fire & Rescue Service to … Continue reading…

Thursday 5 September 2013

The RSPCA is warning of the danger posed to wildlife by discarded fishing litter following a recent incident in Abergele involving a herring gull that was badly wounded by a fishing lure.

A member of the public called the RSPCA after spotting the young gull in his garden with hooks caught in his beak and foot.  

When RSPCA Inspector Mike Pugh arrived the gull was bleeding from the wounds which had become infected. After examining the bird he was able to cut the hooks off using a pair of pliers. The bird was then taken to RSPCA wildlife centre at Stapeley Grange in Cheshire for treatment.


Every year the RSPCA takes hundreds of similar calls about wildlife injured or even killed by fishing litter which has not been properly disposed of and all of the RSPCA’s four wildlife centres have had birds injured by fishing tackle admitted in recent weeks.

Inspector Pugh said: “This case highlights the dangers posed to wildlife by carelessly discarded fishing litter. We urge anyone about to go out fishing to make sure they take those extra few minutes to dispose of their litter properly. They could be saving a life.”

The RSPCA has been working with the Angling Trust, the Environment Agency and the National Swan Convention, to reduce the impact of lost and discarded fishing tackle which causes injuries to wildlife.

If you spot an animal in distress, please call the RSPCA’s 24-hour helpline on 0300 1234 999.



The RSPCA is again warning about the dangers of fishing litter after a seal suffered horrific injuries after becoming tangled in a line and hooks.

The grey seal pup was collected by an RSPCA inspector on Monday 12 August from Blakeney, Norfolk and taken to the RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre for treatment.

Staff at the hospital wee horrified to find the pup had become entangled in a line and hooks and the catalogue of injuries included a barbed hook … Continue reading…