The heron managed to catch a small fish (Photo: Amanda Rose)
For the last four days locals have been seeking help for a heron that has been seen with material (or perhaps rubber ballon or plastic bag) wrapped around its beak. The heron has been seen often on Barn Hill Pond, Wembley. It had not been seen yesterday so there was relief today that it was still alive.
By the time I saw it today it appeared to have weakened, allowing people to approach close rather than flying away. During the half hour I observed it was scooping water up from the pond but it only appeared to catch anything once. Later, local professional photographer Amanda Rose, photographed it catching a small fish. It appears that the constricted beak would not open wide enough for anything bigger.
Please send a link to this article to any organisation that you think might be able to help catch the heron and unwrap the material.
Photo: Amanda Rose
This magnificient bird's plight should help people stop and think before discarding litter on Barn Hill.