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"Take your fishing lines home as birds are dying" pleads wildlife photographers

THURROCK wildlife photographers have pleaded with local fishermen to take their fishing lines home.

The plea was made after a photographer found a bird dead, entangled in fishing line wire.

Photographer, Rob Lay said: "Our wildlife photographer colleague, Lee Spence, went to the water at Lakeside on Sunday morning.

"When he got there he discovered a kingfisher caught up in fishing line.

"This is the impact of fishing line and rubbish that wildlife in Thurrock and other areas have to deal with."

Rob has also pointed to the laws that afford birds such as the Kingfisher, legal protection.

Rob said: "The Kingfisher is afforded the highest degree of legal protection under the Schedule 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

"It is an offence to take, injure or kill a kingfisher or to take, damage or destroy its nest, eggs or young.

"It is also an offence to intentionally or recklessly disturb the birds close to their nest during the breeding season. Violation of the law can attract fines up to £5,000 per offence and/or a prison sentence of up to six months".

Rob has been in contact with staff at intu. Lakeside who have told Rob it is something they will look into.

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