September 30th, 2016

Litterbugs putting the lives of swans at risk

A FAMILY of swans and cygnets are having their lives put at risk because of people littering.

Mayor Pattie Hill has warned the eight birds could die if they eat leftover rubbish which has been dumped at Brockhill Wetlands by visitors.

Mrs Hill, who is also a councillor for Batchley and Brockhill, said: “Last year we lost a mother swan after a dog attack, the year before we lost cygnets from a fishing line even though it’s a no fishing area.

“I’m really keen to see this family survive, so I don’t want litter like this which smells in the park.”

An RSPCA spokeswoman for Worcestershire said they were very concerned to hear about the swans and if anyone had any concerns about their welfare they could call their cruelty line on 0300 123 4999.

She added the RSPCA receive more than 7,000 phone calls a year about litter related incidents and inspectors regularly rescue animals trapped or hurt by litter.

“Swans are the most common wild bird admitted to our wildlife centres, large numbers as a result of litter left behind.

“We would continue to urge members of the public to dispose of their rubbish responsibly by either taking it with them to recycle or putting it in a bin.”