As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Monday 28 January 2019

Wildlife lovers upset by bird ensnared in discarded twine at Walthamstow Wetlands

19th January

Wildlife lovers are calling for monitoring of animals after a bird was ensnared at the Wetlands.
A tweet from @Green_Balcony reported a visitor to Walthamstow Wetlands had seen a bird ensnared in discarded twine "left to suffer in the water".
The tufted duck caught in fishing wire on Thursday was rescued by rangers and returned to the Wetlands.
The ten reservoirs at the site offer a haven for overwintering wildfowl, such as pochard and gadwell, and breeding birds such as grey heron, tufted duck and little egret.
Additionally, swifts visit during the spring and kingfisher and peregrine falcon can be seen all year round.
A Walthamstow Wetlands spokeswoman said: "We had a report that there was a tufted duck caught in fishing wire today.
"The bird was rescued promptly by the rangers onsite and released in good health.
"This is an unfortunate, but rare, occurrence, and our onsite team monitor the wildlife onsite daily."
The Wetlands is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, part of the Lee Valley Special Protection Area and is on the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance.

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