The majority of fishermen I come across during my ventures around the district seem to be very considerate and caring when it comes to safeguarding the environment and looking after the countryside, waterways and lakes during their hobby.
However, occasionally I’ve come across pieces of discarded fishing line, lead weights, and even fish hooks, dangerous to both humans and fish alike.
But the most horrid sight recently was a male blackbird which had become entangled, not in fishing line but in strong nylon thread lying in a skip. The poor thing had hung and throttled itself to death, with its wings still in the stretched out position as it must have tried to break free.
Please, please, please if you are spring cleaning or a fisherman in a hurry should the weather change, make sure no dangerous yarn or cord is left to cause suffering to creatures such as this.
Blackbirds sound much better singing their joyful spring songs than shrieking in pain as they fight to save their lives!
East Avenue, Stanfree