Drinkers are being warned to stay away from a Corby beauty spot as the spring temperatures soar.
Staff and volunteers at Corby Boating Lake have seen an increase in people drinking al fresco and leaving behind their drinks cans since the warm weather started last week.
The site is subject to a Designated Public Place Order which allows police officers to confiscate booze – however, discarded cans and glass bottles piled up over the weekend and volunteers are worried about the effect on wildlife at the lake and woodlands.
Rick Allanson, chairman of the Friends of Thoroughsale and Hazelwood, said he recently discovered doormice dead in a cider bottle.
He said: “When I saw the bottle I was out litter picking and it appeared to be still full of cider. I tried to empty it out but it wouldn’t come out and I noticed their tails when I moved it. They were all dead – I think there was six or seven of them in there.
“It’s not a happy sight when you see something like that.”
He added: “We still get them and they still come here carrying bags of drink and sit on benches around the lake and go into the woodland and drink. I would say 90 per cent of the time the bottles and cans are left and are chucked all over the place
“It’s horrendous – I don’t think they respect the fact it is a public place and there are children around.”
The group carried out litter picking in the woodland yesterday.
Boating Lake complex manager Barry Scholes said it operates a zero tolerance approach to drinking on the grounds and the issue is going to be discussed at a meeting with the police.
He said: “We always notice an increase in the spring and summer period when the weather is warmer and the evenings are lighter.
“We always speak to people as nicely as we can and if they do not respond we call the police down.
“It probably is a bit more of a problem this year because there are more people using the site because it is more inviting than it has been in the last few years.
“It’s a lovely site and we don’t want it to be spoiled by a few.”
A police spokesman encouraged people to report any breaches.
The spokesman said: “The area does form part of the regular patrols. Historically they do experience seasonal increases in the area but nothing out of the ordinary.”