Angry plea after clifftop ‘firework party’ frightens wildlife

An angry plea has been issued following a clifftop ‘firework party’ in west Cornwall.

Posting to its Facebook page, Friends of Portheras Cove, the group spoke out about the “distress” the gathering would have caused to local wildlife and urged those responsible to not “make things tougher” than they already are.

Other locals from the Pendeen area near Penzance pitched in calling those involved “mindless” and condemning their “outrageous” behaviour.

Those behind the Facebook page said the decision was “thoughtless” as it will have caused fear and disturbance to the abundance of animals surrounding the area – which include cattle and seals.

The full Facebook post read: “We know things are tough but please please don’t make it tougher for our wildlife.

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“Having a firework party on the edge of a remote clifftop, above seals and roosting seabirds, and next to a field of cattle is thoughtless, and will have caused fear & disturbance to those creatures…not to mention the plastic pollution hazard left there too.”

“Our volunteers have picked up the litter, but sadly we weren’t able to stop the distress it caused to local wildlife.”

Pictures also showed the now empty firework containers left strewn along the stunning clifftop as locals shared in the page’s grief.

Jenny Goddard said: “It seems this pandemic has brought out the best and the worst in people. Some go above and beyond to help others and the rest show a total disregard for anyone but themselves.”

Denise Bagshaw added: “Why oh why would they do such a thing? The thoughtlessness of people just astounds me and makes me so angry!”

One of the empty firework containers left behind
(Image: Friends of Portheras Cove)

Mary Warren said: “For goodness sake what is wrong with people. Disappointed in my village if locals.”

Shirley Ripley added: “Would love fireworks to be banned from general sale and only available to registered display personnel! Can’t believe the mindless idiots that did this! What are we coming to?”

Cornwall Live