THREE local organisations have united in the fight against plastic to protect wildlife in the area.

Volunteers from RSPCA North Wiltshire, Swindon Climate Action Network, and Swindon Street Reps met in Pinehurst to clear the streets of every day items such as plastic bags and other waste, which can be hazardous, and have a serious impact on local wildlife.

Wildlife officer from RSPCA North Wiltshire Jody Higgins said: "We are pleased to get behind SCAN to raise awareness on this really important issue.

"I don’t think many people realise just how big the problem of littering is in terms of the threat it causes to wildlife and other animals."

Nationally, the RSPCA receives more than 5,000 calls a year about animals affected by litter.

Jodie added: “What’s even more tragic than the animals that are treated for litter related injuries is the number of injured wildlife that get seriously hurt and are never found."

RSPCA North Wilts advise in the case of finding an injured wild animal, to firstly observe how badly it is hurt and then, if it’s safe to catch and handle, to take it to a nearby vet or wildlife centre.

It’s advisable to wear gloves when handling unknown animals and to transport them in a cardboard box with ventilation holes.

For more information go to or