RSPCA Cymru has issued a reminder about the importance of responsible angling, after a herring gull was trapped by an unattended, fully-baited rod in North Wales. 

The warning comes with recreational fishing activity expected to increase in Wales amid an easing of Covid-19 restrictions. The Welsh Government has confirmed that local, socially-distanced fishing has been allowed under regulations previously passed into law – and with people now allowed to exercise more than once a day, it is anticipated that fishing … 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 cygnet who had a ‘lucky escape’ after swallowing a large fishing hook has prompted the RSPCA to urge anglers to take litter home with them.

The bird was rescued from a lake in Rotherham, on Wednesday last week (29 August), with a 7cm-long fishing hook in his throat and fishing line wrapped around his esophagus.

He was taken to a local vet but was transferred to the RSPCA’s Stapeley Grange wildlife centre in Nantwich, Cheshire, as his injuries needed … Continue reading…

A gannet has been rescued by RSPCA Cymru after becoming caught in fishing litter on Towyn Beach in Rhyl.

The charity says the incident highlights the “massive dangers” which fishing litter poses to the nation’s wildlife.

RSPCA Cymru attended on 9 July to find the gannet sat in the middle of a pebble beach, making no obvious attempt to move away from members of the public.

An RSPCA officer found the seabird with fishing lure with treble hooks and fishing … Continue reading…

The RSPCA is urging anglers to dispose of fishing litter correctly after a duck was rescued by the animal welfare charity after she got a hook stuck in her beak.

The duck was spotted by a member of the public in Watermead, Aylesbury, on Thursday last week (16 February). RSPCA Animal Collection Officer Grace Mead caught the duck and took her to a wildlife hospital in Buckinghamshire.

Grace said: “When I arrived there she was, hiding in a thick bed … Continue reading…