Thursday, March 28, 2013

The danger to wildlife caused by litter

I was contacted earlier this week by a University of Dundee student who was very concerned to have witnessed the death of a female Goosander caused by eating from the floating garbage behind the Unicorn at Victoria Dock.

As reported in last night's Evening Telegraph, this sad event was filmed (see below) and as the SSPCA correctly pointed out, this sort of irresponsible littering can prove fatal for local wildlife:
I took up the matter on behalf of my constituent and the Port Manager from Forth Ports Limited has reacted swiftly.   Two boats are being used this morning to clear all the litter floating in the water in the dock area.    This is welcome, but the potential for a future repetition of this sort of needless waste of birdlife will be avoided if people simply do not drop litter.