Dozens of rubber ducks flytipped at New Forest pond
DOZENS of rubber ducks were found dumped at a New Forest beauty spot, sparking warnings of the dangers to wildlife.
Forest rangers spent “a great deal of time” cleaning up the dumped bath toys at Setley Pond last Thursday, and slammed those responsible, saying several animals found choking on flytipped litter have to be put down every year.
“Forestry England’s rangers spent a great deal of time clearing up plastic ducks at Setley Pond when they could be working on much more important tasks,” a spokesperson for FE’s New Forest team said.
“Leaving plastic waste like this sadly reflects the lack of respect some have for the special landscape of the New Forest. Plastic and litter can be extremely hazardous to wildlife.
“If you’re using the New Forest for local exercise, we urge people to remember it’s home to many grazing animals and wildlife that can be made ill from litter that people leave behind.”
The spokesperson added: “Please help us keep the Forest a tidy place for people and a safe place for animals by being responsible for your own rubbish.”
This incident comes as FE revealed it had responded to 370 flytipping incidents across the New Forest during 2020 – equating to more than one per day on average.
“Since last April we’ve spent £48,000 removing flytips in the New Forest,” it tweeted.
“Thanks to everyone who reports these, it is appreciated.”
Three waste dumps containing hazardous building material asbestos, found at sites near Burley and at Hurn within nine days of each other in August, were among last year’s notable incidents.
Incidents so far this year included 27 mattresses discovered abandoned at Goatspen, off Station Road in Burley, on Saturday 30th January.
As reported in the A&T, this incident left FE having to fork out more than £800 for the pile to be cleared by contractors.