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Anglers fishing right across the country, no matter where or what they fish for, are being called on to back the Angling Trust’s successful campaign and Take 5 items of litter or Take 5 minutes to remove any litter after fishing. 

Litter is an increasing problem – particularly plastic litter – on land, in our waterways and ultimately in our seas. 

Anglers represent an army of millions of volunteers who respect the environment and can play a huge role in keeping our freshwater and coastal environments free of litter which threatens wildlife, pollutes the natural environment and damages the communities which rely on tourist attracted by the rich and diverse natural beauty of the UK.

If every angler in the country supported the Take 5 campaign just once over the course of a year, anglers alone would be responsible for removing 15 million items of litter from the environment.

Download the campaign poster on the right of this page and keep your eye out at Angling Trust events for a free Take 5 tackle box sticker.

The Take 5 campaign is run in partnership with the Environment Agency.

Organising a litter pick? Don’t forget to tell us about it and send in pictures to

Litter Pollution – Facts and Figures
  • Plastic makes up around 70 per cent of beach litter.
  • There are approximately 46,000 pieces of plastic litter for every square mile of sea.
  • Plastic litter breaks down into micro particles which never truly go away.
  • Levels of litter have doubled on the UK’s beaches over the last 20 years.
  • Microplastics are found in fish destined for human consumption.
  • 150,000 sea anglers are estimated to be involved in environmental improvement work, including litter removal, in England annually.
  • Nearly 40 per cent of litter comes directly from the public.
  • The Port of London Authority’s Driftwood Team, with Thames21, remove 200 tonnes of debris from the tidal Thames alone each year.
  • Packaging represents 75% of the litter washed up on the Thames foreshore. Food related packaging is 65%, with food wrappers alone 20% - the top single type of item.
  • It is estimated 6.4 million tonnes of litter enters the sea annually, according to the National Academy of Sciences in the USA.
  • An estimated 80% of all marine debris found in the ocean island based and 80-90% is made from plastic, according to the Last Plastic Straw campaign.
(Sources: Marine Conservation Society, Thames 21)

Take 5 2017 David Mitchel and Alex Parker, chairman Wyvern Marine x550pxThe Angling Trust's Wyvern Marine Region was closely involved in the previous 'Just Take 5' litter campaign.

Alex Parker, chairman of Wyvern Marine Region, (seen here with David Mitchell, Angling Trust's Head of Marine), said: “The Wyvern Region are delighted that the Take 5 version is having a relaunch. It was one of our committee members, Phil Hyde, who came up with the original idea which at the time was well received.

"We feel that the new version, especially the tackle box sticker, could give added impetus to get the message out, especially to any unattached anglers.

"Litter is an emotive topic, which we all have to deal with and live with. So when we leave our favourite angling marks please leave them as you would like to find them.”

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