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Fishing litter hurting wildlife in Nuneaton and Bedworth

Published on Monday, 1st August 2016

The council is calling on anglers to behave responsibly after a swan was rescued when it got caught in fishing line.

A recent incident at the Nook in Bedworth, where fishing is prohibited, isn’t an isolated case as the Friends of Whittleford Park group have raised similar concerns about fishing at Whittleford Park in Nuneaton.

The RSPCA has warned that fishing litter can cause needless suffering to wildlife. Lines can wrap round an animal and cut the blood supply to parts of its body. Hooks, line and weights can be swallowed and cause internal blockages or injury.

Over 1,000 wild birds were admitted to RSPCA wildlife centres between 2005 and 2013 as a result of entanglement in fishing litter, 601 of these were swans.

Fishing tackle-related injuries were the biggest single cause of swan rescues – estimated at 3,000 a year.

The charity advises that on sites where fishing is permitted you should take unwanted fishing line home and cut it into small pieces before putting it in the bin. Avoid fishing where trees may snag lines – discarded line caught up in foliage causes problems for wildlife.

Don’t leave baited tackle unattended – always remove the bait from the hook and place the tackle in a bait box so that there is no chance of leaving an empty bait tin behind by mistake.

If you have been using the Nook in Bedworth to fish, please note that there is an alternate location available just a few streets away. Blue Bell Drive open space , also known as the Sidings Pool, is at the junction of Smorrall Lane and Heath Road.