Be A Tidy Angler - make sure you take your litter home
Angling clubs up and down the country are doing great work in cleaning up our riverbanks and lakesides of litter – and keeping nature safe.
Whether it’s from people dropping rubbish in the water, storm discharges from sewage treatment works or from flooding off streets and fields where litter has not been properly disposed of, it is all a potential hazard for the environment and wildlife.
Individual anglers must do their bit, too, by taking home any unwanted bits of tackle and disposing carefully. It only takes a couple of minutes at the end of a day’s fishing to tidy up before you head home.
The Angling Trust knows that many thousands of anglers are volunteering hours of their spare time to take part in litter clean-ups. So let us know when and where you are holding your litter pick, how many anglers take part and send us a picture of the team with the mounds of rubbish collected. We’ll promote your club and your great work on our Facebooks pages. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org
Not involved yet but would like to learn how to safely organise these events for your club?
A number of organisations organise river litter clean-up days and will be happy to give advice or invite you to participate in these events. The Rivers Trust is one such organisation and you can find out more about their litter pick events at www.theriverstrust.org.
In addition, Keep Britain Tidy are active through their Waterside Care & River Care programmes and you can find out more at www.keepbritaintidy.org.
BEFORE ... litter strewn across the edge of a common posing a real threat to wildlife
AFTER ... the same area once the Chester-le-Street anglers got to work on their clean-up
Job well done ... the Chester-le-Street & District Angling Club volunteers