A Great crested grebe has been photographed offering a piece of plastic to its mate.
The birds are well known for their courtship rituals but instead of collecting a piece of weed or plant to offer its loved one, this grebe dived down and came back with some discarded plastic to impress its mate.
The picture was taken at a lake near Clay Cross, south of Chesterfield.
The image is the latest in a series of pictures released showing the impact of plastic pollution on wildlife.
In Nottinghamshire in November a pregnant deer was found dead by the side of the road with its head trapped inside a plastic bag.
Tips on how to use Less Plastic (credit: Derbyshire Wildlife Trust)
- Ditch the exfoliating shower puff or if you must use them, replace every few weeks because of the bacteria that builds up on the netting.
- Consider using unpackaged bar soap instead of shower gel.
- Avoid clingfilm, use a re-usable box or a beeswax wrap instead.
- If you're eating on the run, consider taking cutlery out with you as well as your re-usable coffee cup.