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Rubbish on the Summer Isles

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Caledonai14 Thu 18-Jul-19 10:31:39

It's only ten years since I visited the Summer Isles off Ullapool and was struck by the lack of pollution and the wonderful array of wildlife, particularly seals and birds.

This story today is one of many recently which have brought home the reality of what we are facing.

MissAdventure Thu 18-Jul-19 10:40:54

Oh those pictures are awful!

What a disgrace humans are, although hopefully the areas cleaned up will stay clean(er) now?

mosaicwarts Thu 18-Jul-19 11:00:54

That poor deer with the buoy and rope attached to his antlers sad

I cannot understand why the fishing industry isn't taken to task over the huge amount of ghost gear that is found, it is one of the worst dangers marine life face. A whale in Devon was in severe trouble with lobster pot ropes, the seal shown is one of many fishing net entanglements.

I always litter pick on my daily beach walks and find a lot of plastic rubbish and ghost gear. It is definitely getting worse.

EllanVannin Thu 18-Jul-19 12:26:56

The filthy generation !

paddyann Thu 18-Jul-19 15:30:41

Its the same on Loch Lomondside ,after weekends when the party is over the rough campers leave allsorts of rubbish behind ,pull branches off trees for their fires and even refuse to bury their human waste .I dont know what planet they're on ,it sickens me

Jabberwok Thu 18-Jul-19 16:17:55

For once I totally agree with you paddyann. I'm completely bewildered as to how people can be so disgusting! Many moons ago we used to camp at Loch Lomond and it was fantastic! Could be a bit wet!!!! but the scenery, the islands the people more than made up for any dampness. There was no litter, and certainly none left by us or anyone else, the same with subsequent sailing holidays,we always took our litter home or disposed of it in bins provided by the marina we were visiting! I just can't understand the mentality of modern people, it's completely awful!

RosieLeah Thu 18-Jul-19 17:47:43

People have lost all sense of decency and respect...for themselves and for their surroundings. What has happened?

Eloethan Thu 18-Jul-19 18:26:05

I expect most of us have at some time contributed to these huge mountains of debris. It was so much easier not to pollute in the "old days" because the range of plastic goods and coverings was very limited.

Although there are irresponsible people who throw stuff out of their car windows and don't trouble to bin their litter or take it home with them, I think the problem is bigger than that. Yes, it is disgusting to see cans and bottles discarded everywhere just because people are too lazy to bin them - but even if they are put in bins they have to be got rid of.

We used to buy bottled water and, having discarded them in the bin, thought no further about what would happen to them. I expect many of us have bought balloons, straws, cotton buds, liquid soap in plastic bottles, etc, etc, etc. - all items that aren't really essential but which are now a part of the everyday lives of many people. Many such items cannot be recycled so go into landfill or are incinerated.

It is very difficult to change a way of life that has developed over decades but we will all have to be prepared for the inconvenience of finding alternatives to items that cannot be recycled - or go without. Or the government will have to take a lead in this - but I won't hold my breath on that one.