In the South East, the RSPCA said there were 56 incidents involving plastic litter in 2015, but last year (2018) that rose to 77.
RSPCA Head of Wildlife, Adam Grogan, said: ‘This shocking rise in plastic litter incidents suggests that plastic is a growing threat to animals. Our latest data sadly reflects the wider litter crisis taking place right now across the globe and action is urgently needed.’
Nationally there was a rise from 473 in 2015 to 579 in 2018.
Adam added: ‘From seals with deep infected wounds caused by frisbees cutting into their necks, to geese trapped in fishing line, plastic is clearly having an increasing impact on animal welfare.’