Help unlock the mystery of the Windermere widgets...HUNDREDS of strange objects washed up

The Westmorland Gazette: What the widget is this? What the widget is this?

CAMPAIGNERS cleaning up the shore of Windermere are trying to identify a mystery ‘widget’ after hundreds were found washed up.

The cylindrical plastic objects, possibly some kind of filter, were found along the water’s edge from Low Wood Bay to Waterhead over the last few months.

They have been collected in a mammoth litter-pick by Ambleside parish handyman Robin Lees, who has been hailed by green campaigners Windermere Reflections.

“I’ve found hundreds of them,” said Robin, whose patch covers a 50-square mile area from Dunmail Raise to Troutbeck Bridge and out to the Langdales.

“Somebody must know what they are, and somebody must be dumping them in the lake.”

Robin, who is employed for two days a week, is a keen supporter of the Winderclean campaign, Windermere Reflections programme manager Liz Davey said.

“He does a great job picking up the litter left behind by visitors and locals,” she said. “He works alongside our volunteer litter-pickers. We are always looking out for more volunteers to adopt a patch of land and keep it tidy and free of rubbish.”

Robin has been out litter-picking from hedgerows from Waterhead to Wansfell Road, car parks and lay-bys, and cleaning road signs. At White Moss lower car park he collected more than 60 discarded bags of dog poo in one day.

He said: “We have to shame people to change this behaviour. It’s obvious that local people are guilty as well as visitors.”

Anyone who can identify the widgets is asked to call Debbie on 015394-34401.

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12:22am Fri 6 Dec 13

Kendmoor says...

something next to it for scale might help....
something next to it for scale might help.... Kendmoor

12:55am Fri 6 Dec 13

Kendmoor says...

Though I'd say it's certainly a filter....and given that it looks melted, whoever it was tried to get rid of them by burning them first; the netting/webbing filter part of the filter has burnt off and left just the hard plastic which was refused to melt entirely..
Though I'd say it's certainly a filter....and given that it looks melted, whoever it was tried to get rid of them by burning them first; the netting/webbing filter part of the filter has burnt off and left just the hard plastic which was refused to melt entirely.. Kendmoor

7:49am Fri 6 Dec 13

furthersouth says...

I reckon the hoards of illegal fishermen use them to put bait in as lures. There will be a correlation between the number of these "widgets" found and the drop in fish numbers. I bet these increase as we get closer to Christmas Eve.
I reckon the hoards of illegal fishermen use them to put bait in as lures. There will be a correlation between the number of these "widgets" found and the drop in fish numbers. I bet these increase as we get closer to Christmas Eve. furthersouth

8:27am Fri 6 Dec 13

Kendmoor says...

Bio Filter Media, for an industrial sized bio filter.
Bio Filter Media, for an industrial sized bio filter. Kendmoor

11:13am Fri 6 Dec 13

doodleshire14 says...

No idea of the size of these things but they look like hair curlers to me
No idea of the size of these things but they look like hair curlers to me doodleshire14

3:58pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Keeping_it_real says...

I asked Google. Google said no. So my assumption is its Alien.
I asked Google. Google said no. So my assumption is its Alien. Keeping_it_real

9:28am Sat 7 Dec 13

hogheaven says...

Why did WG remove my comment?
Why did WG remove my comment? hogheaven

12:22am Sun 8 Dec 13

life cycle too says...

hogheaven wrote:
Why did WG remove my comment?
Not sure... what did you say??

I don't suppose it is part of a burnt office chair?
[quote][p][bold]hogheaven[/bold] wrote: Why did WG remove my comment?[/p][/quote]Not sure... what did you say?? I don't suppose it is part of a burnt office chair? life cycle too

6:26am Sun 8 Dec 13

hogheaven says...

life cycle too wrote:
hogheaven wrote:
Why did WG remove my comment?
Not sure... what did you say??

I don't suppose it is part of a burnt office chair?
Regarding people leaving litter nothing offensive?or about a burnt office chair
[quote][p][bold]life cycle too[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hogheaven[/bold] wrote: Why did WG remove my comment?[/p][/quote]Not sure... what did you say?? I don't suppose it is part of a burnt office chair?[/p][/quote]Regarding people leaving litter nothing offensive?or about a burnt office chair hogheaven

10:08am Sun 8 Dec 13

Kendmoor says...

not to worry.....it's back again, very strange! (it was my first comments about the the bio-filter-media
not to worry.....it's back again, very strange! (it was my first comments about the the bio-filter-media Kendmoor

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