The Itchen River was dotted with red balloons, like these you see in the picture, part of the fallout from what must have been a mass balloon launch in Southampton.
Surely there should be a ban on this kind of thoughtless litter?
I rescued the few balloons I could reach, and saw people on other boats doing the same.
What were retrieved is nothing, compared to the ones that still litter the river banks.
This kind of 'throw away' activity simply adds to the existing plastic waste problem we all face.
I hope 08 mass balloon releases are stopped, and the pollution ended.
Those 'pretty' balloons have to come down somewhere, where they are just a nuisance and potentially a danger to wildlife.
Don't people get it?