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Bats in danger from fishing hooks
12:10pm Wednesday 4th September 2013 in News
A NATIONAL charity is calling on Hampshire anglers, runners, walkers and wildlife watchers to keep an eye out for dangerously discarded fishing tackle after a bat – pictured – was found struggling on a hook.
Dr Carol Williams, director of the Bat Conservation Trust, said: “It’s not only water birds who get into trouble when fishing lines, weights and hooks are carelessly discarded.
“All of Britain’s wildlife that use the wild spaces around our rivers, lakes and canals are at risk, even including bats.
“Bats eat insects and hunt at night so rely heavily on echo location to find their prey. They can get caught out by a dangling hook and line and become entangled. They can also get caught out by the fast moving hook and line when anglers cast at sunset.
“As people go out and enjoy the outdoors and wildlife we’d ask them to take their rubbish home and, if safe to do so, to help out if they spot someone else’s!”
If anyone finds a bat in trouble they are advised to call the National Bat Helpline which is run by the Bat Conservation Trust on 0845 1300 228 Until the end of September, the phone line will be staffed from 7am until 11pm and can put callers in touch with their local bat experts.
For more information about the Bat Conservation Trust, visit bats.org.uk.
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