Bird found tangled in litter in Chichester Harbour

A sea bird was found dead with a net bag tangled around its wing.

The black-throated diver was found floating near the entrance to the Bosham Channel in Chichester Harbour at the weekend.

Conservation officer for Chichester Harbour Conservancy, Ed Rowsell said: “It is distressing to see a wild seabird’s life ended in this way, and due to the off-shore habits of this species, this bird is probably just one of many lost due to marine litter. It is up to all of us to be very careful about disposing of litter responsibly.”

Black-throated divers overwinter on the open seas including off the south coast and this bird was discovered by the Chichester Harbour Patrol.

Litter is regularly collected from the harbour’s shoreline by volunteers from the conservancy’s Harbour Watch scheme and regular Friends of Chichester Harbour work parties.

The Conservancy also takes part in the national Beach Watch event each year, organised by the Marine Conservation Society.

Last year alone, 188 bags of marine litter we collected from the Harbour’s shoreline.

Any sightings of birds in distress should be reported to the RSPCA or Brent Lodge Bird and Wildlife Trust.