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These moving photos capture the dangerous impact of litter on wildlife in the UK

Chris Packham

Chewing gum spattered pavements and gutters dotted with take-away packets are all too common sights in the world today.

In this moving photo series from Keep Britain Tidy, British nature photographer and wildlife expert Chris Packham picked up a camera to document the damaging impact of litter, both on the landscape of the UK and the wildlife that inhabits its borders.

Another pic for Keep Britain Tidy set . . .

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“People who litter are unwittingly helping to kill and injure the wildlife we all love," Packham said at the launch of the new project. "As a naturalist, I'm only too aware of mankind's impact on the natural world and litter is one very visible example of this. Not only is it unsightly but it seriously affects wild animals both on land and in our oceans."

Kingfisher for #keepbritaintidy #naturesvoice

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At least 2.25 million pieces of litter are dropped in the UK everyday. Worldwide, over 100,000 marine mammals and one million seabirds die each year from ingesting or becoming entangled in plastic.

Here's another victim of litter #keepbritaintidy #lidl #hedgehog

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But it’s not all bad news. Governments around the world are working to curb litter. Rwanda has banned plastic bottles, while the EU Parliament recently passed a law to halve plastic bag use across Europe by 2019.

The photo project forms part of a partnership between the campaign  Keep Britain Tidy and supermarket Lidl, who have donated £500,000 from their single-use bags to the organisation to help inspire young people to create a greener Britain.

Take off take away for #keepbritaintidy and #lidl

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One of my Keep Britain Tidy photos , and don't worry the squide was eating nuts !

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The photos will be auctioned on Keep Britain Tidy's e-bay site

Stark and wistful, these stunning pictures serve as a powerful reminder of what our environment is losing unless humanity takes action to protect the planet.