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 reminding people to dispose of angling litter carefully after a heron died from injuries sustained after he got his feet tangled in fishing line.

The heron was rescued by Animal Collection Officer Derek Hampson on Monday, 8 August, from a lake in Burtonhead Road, St Helen’s, after a concerned passer-by contacted the RSPCA.

The bird had got tangled in both the fishing line and the reel. The line was cut away and the heron was taken to … Continue reading…

The RSPCA is urging people to dispose of fishing litter properly after a swan had to be rescued when she got a fishing hook stuck in her neck.

The swan was spotted by members of the public at Spike Island, in Widnes, on Monday (23 May) with the triple-barbed pike hook stuck in her throat.

RSPCA inspector Louise Showering said: “We managed to catch the swan and take her immediately to a vets.

“Thankfully, the tackle had not done too … 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…