RSPCA officers raced to the aid of a swan with a fishing hook stuck in his neck, prompting a reminder about the dangers fishing litter poses to the nation’s wildlife.

Officers were alerted after the troubled male swan was spotted at the half round pond on Swansea Enterprise Park. He was found with a barbed hook in his neck, with bait and line still attached.

The RSPCA attended the scene on Sunday 24 May, and were able to safely remove … Continue reading…

The dangers fishing litter pose to Wales’ wildlife has again come under the spotlight, after the RSPCA raced to the rescue of a troubled swan at Pen-Y-Fan Pond in Crumlin.

RSPCA Cymru was alerted after a member of the public spotted the swan with fishing line caught around their legs and back.

Officers from the charity continue to respond to animal welfare emergencies amid the coronavirus outbreak. The RSPCA says the incident acts as another reminder as to the dangers … Continue reading…

The “devastating impact” fishing litter can have on wildlife has once again been brought to light – this time in Swansea.

RSPCA Cymru was contacted after a herring gull was found entangled in three barbs, attached to a hard body lure disguised as a fish.

An RSPCA inspector said the animal was “the single most distressed bird” she has dealt with in nine years on the frontline. The gull was found on King Edwards Road in the city.

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A Swansea-based swan had a lucky escape after being freed from dangerous fishing litter by RSPCA officers.

The animal welfare charity was alerted after the swan was spotted with a fishing hook stuck through his beak in ponds at the Swansea Enterprise Park, known locally as the half-round ponds, near the Wyevale.

A kind-hearted member of the public had spotted the bird’s plight – and the RSPCA removed the fishing line and rig, before releasing the swan back to the … Continue reading…

An owl who was rescued hanging from a tree by fishing litter is on the mend after being treated with steam from a KETTLE.

The tawny owl had gotten tangled in discarded fishing line 10 metres up a in a tree in Green Lane, Walsall, on Thursday 9 November. West Midlands Fire Service attended and requested the assistance of the RSPCA to rescue the stricken bird.

RSPCA Animal Collection Officer Cat Strawford said: “We don’t know for sure how long … Continue reading…