Seabirds & Waterbirds
“If you’re using disposable masks, please cut the straps off before placing them in the bin. Any looped fabric or elastic should be cut off and into smaller pieces. This also includes rubber bands, hair ties etc , as they entangle birds feet and cause injury, pain, suffering and death for wildlife.
Illustration by Swon Studios and photos by RSPCA.
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Tweed Valley Wildlife Carers
Wildlife entanglement from disposable mask
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WARNING : This PDF contains graphic images of injuries
Help Protect Seabirds & Waterbirds on the Tweed Coast
Public awareness needs to be raised so that people help to keep our beaches and fishing spots safe for the native wildlife to reside.
- Do not leave rods and lines set up on shore with no one in attendance
- Taking care not to leave fishing line, hooks, lures or netting behind.
- Stay a safe distance from groups of foraging birds.
- Do not cast towards nearby birds, always cast away from them
- If you notice fishing tackle or rubbish lying around to put them in the nearest rubbish bin.
- Do NOT feed the wildlife
Watch the movie of Mary Grant’s slideshow below
Seabird and Waterbird Injuries
Tweed Valley Wildlife Carer’s Seabird Coordinator Mary Grant has rescued and rehabilitated injured wildlife for many years. Mary is also a member of Australian Seabird Rescue and spends her days checking on the resident seabirds, waterbirds and other wildlife on the Tweed Coast.
Seabirds are prone to injuries from fishing hooks, lures and fishing line, left behind by fishermen and tourists. Many of these injuries are fatal and result in euthenasia.