Dangers of trout nets (Malcolm Smith)

Readers may remember that in July last year, two raingeese (red-throated divers) and a scarf (shag) were trapped in trout nets at Cunningsburgh.

One of the divers was rescued but the other two birds had already died from being entangled.

We have received a report of trout nets being set in another burn in Shetland this year.

We would like to remind people that as well as posing a danger to birds and other animals trout nets are illegal.

Malcolm Smith
RSPB species and habitats officer

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