Wilden Marsh Nature Reserve is in flood! No surprise there I hear you say. It’s a marsh after all and flooding naturally happens from time to time. For some people, flooding can be a disaster. The arrival of large quantities of swirling muddy water on Wilden Marsh is generally a good thing. The surging flows laden with upstream minerals flush longstanding nutrient-rich waters from ponds, pools, scrapes and stagnant puddles. Also delivered by the torrents is a variety of plastic rubbish, mainly bottles. Fast flowing, turbulent waters can sweep rafts of accumulated debris along the River Stour to become a problem for others downstream. Most of the rubbish thrown haphazardly into our river, brooks, and canals, ends up polluting our seas and oceans. River borne plastic rubbish is the scourge of a modern world and removing it seems to be a low priority for local government. Increasingly, it is rubbish collecting volunteers that are making a difference by removing litter from our streets and green areas. I am glad to see and admire people with a social conscience doing things for the general good. In the case of rubbish, though, it is individuals who are polluting the environment through their irresponsible disposal of waste – stop doing it!