Howard Lake | 12 September 2006 | News Balloons danger to marine wildlife Tagged with: Events Law / policy AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 Photo: blue balloon by Lori Sparkia on Shutterstock.com 36 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has launched a new awareness campaign to highlight the dangers of balloon releases for marine wildlife.The Don’t Let Go campaign discourages balloon releases and suggests more environmentally-friendly ways of using balloons.Mass balloon releases have been banned by authorities worldwide, including some British councils, but MCS receives a number of calls each year from members of the public worried about the effects of local balloon releases. The charity says that surveys reveal the number of balloons and balloon pieces on Britain’s beaches has almost tripled over the last 10 years. Marine turtles and seabirds are most at risk as they feed on prey that floats at the surface – balloons can look very like jellyfish to a hungry seagull.The RSPB has also urged people not to use balloons or anything containing string or plastics for fundraising events as they are likely to damage birdlife as well – particularly water fowl who can get string wrapped around their legs, become trapped and drown.There is a free pack available from MCS which includes posters, factsheets, leaflets and postcards to encourage awareness of the impacts of balloon releases on marine wildlife and alternative events using balloons without releasing them. About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.