Posts by Danny Groves

Ban on plastic straws in UK announced

The UK Government has announced a ban on the sale of plastic straws, plastic stemmed cotton buds and plastic stirrers. The ban will come into place in England from next April in the hope that it will help reduce the effect of plastic on the environment. Billions of plastic straws, buds and stirrers are discarded…

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New date set for beluga move to sanctuary

Following bad weather preventing the initial operation to move two beluga whales from captivity in China to a new ocean home in Iceland, we’re pleased to confirm a new date has been set for the departure of Little Grey and Little White. Our top priority has always been Little Grey and Little White’s welfare and…

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UK’s wildlife police unit launch public awareness drive with WDC to counter increasing dolphin disturbance

As the holiday season approaches, increasing reports of dolphin disturbance incidents in the waters around the UK involving members of the public have prompted WDC to launch a new public information drive in partnership with the UK National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU) – a dedicated British police department that gathers intelligence on wildlife crime. Of…

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Fisherman frees escapee military whale from body harness

A Norwegian fisherman has reportedly removed a harness attached to a whale believed to have escaped from a Russian naval facility. The whale, thought to be a beluga, was spotted by Fisherman Joar Hesten off the coast of Finnmark in northern Norway. As the whale approached, Hesten put on a survival suit and jumped into…

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Acclaimed fashion designer Katharine Hamnett joins WDC fight to halt whaling

Fashion designer Katharine Hamnett, best known for her bold political statement t-shirts, has lent her voice to the growing international outcry against Japan’s decision to resume the commercial slaughter of whales this summer, and against the continuing hunts in Iceland and Norway. In partnership with WDC, she has released a new t-shirt design which carries…

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Update: Beluga move home to the ocean temporarily postponed

We can confirm the departure of two belugas, Little Grey and Little White from their current home in China to an ocean sanctuary in Iceland has had to be postponed. The temporary delay is due to the final leg of the complicated journey between the Icelandic mainland and the Island of Heimaey. Sadly, due to…

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Nature may have the answer to plastic pollution

Scientists working on solutions to the growing problem of plastic pollution are now focusing attention on a potential breakthrough supplied by Mother Nature. A study by researchers at Utrecht University reveals that several species of mushrooms will break down and ‘eat’ plastic, sometimes in a matter of weeks. Some, such as the oyster mushroom, are…

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EU parliament approves ban on single use plastics

The European Union parliament has announced today that it has approved a ban on single-use plastics, a move that would reduce the amount of plastic pollution feeding into rivers and then out to the ocean. The ban covers several types of products, such as straws, cutlery and cotton buds, with the EU also encouraging all…

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UK Government urged to phase-out single-use plastics by 2025 not 2042

4,000 billion pieces of unnecessary single-use plastic waste could be consumed in the UK between 2026 – 2042 Eighteen leading environment charities (including WDC), coordinated by Wildlife and Countryside Link have put further pressure on the UK Government to phase-out all non-essential single-use plastics by 2025 to tackle the scourge of plastic pollution. More than…

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