Plastic pollution affecting animals at an all time high

A Great Crested Grebe offers a piece of plastic to its mate Credit: Mary Wilde
  • The number of animals affected by plastic litter is at an all-time high, with incidents in the West Midlands increasing by 28% in four years and 22% in the East Midlands.

  • Water birds are particularly affected.

RSPCA figures today reveal the extent of harm to animals caused by plastic litter.

In the West Midlands incidents have increased by 28% in four years, and in the East Midlands by 22%.

Animals who live in the water are most affected.

It comes just days after this image emerged of a great crested grebe offering a piece of plastic to its mate, at a lake near Clay Cross, south of Chesterfield.

Grebes are well known for their mating 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.

In Nottinghamshire in November a pregnant deer was found dead by the side of the road with its head trapped inside a plastic bag. It's thought it had been unable to see and wandered into the road where it was hit by a car.

Credit: Newark & Sherwood District Council
Credit: RSPCA

Across all species, of the 4579 incidents in 2018 which involved any types of litter, 3228 were from angling litter and 1,351 general litter.