Green-Bellied Litter Picker

Nerissa Cargill Thompson – Visual & Community Artist

Who Is the


Litter Picker

“Pick it up!” I squawk, “Take it home!” I chirp, “Stop it! Stop it! Stop it!”, I tweet. Those dirty, selfish litter louts. Don’t they care? The plastic on our beaches and in our seas has not all been dropped by day-trippers. The problem starts here on our city streets. A bottle here; a crisp packet there; small, lightweight, discarded without a thought of where it will end up; swept by feet and wind and rain into the gutter and down the drain. A portal to the river and then a journey on to sea and far beyond across the ocean to places where no people live but plastic still pollutes.

I’m a clever bird. I know what’s what, but my sea faring cousins are not so smart. They thought they were; following the sulphurous smell emitted by the algae that is the food of choice of their favourite delicacy, krill. Unfortunately, it’s not the only thing that does; plastic debris does too but they don’t know that and keep guzzling anyway. Scientists think at least 90% have had a plastic snack. And it ain’t just the birds. Turtles mistake plastic bags for jellyfish and fish, gobble micro plastics broken down by sun and waves because they look like their food. And if they eat it, you can be sure it’ll end up in the seafood in your shops and on your plates.

So, heed my call, my warning song, “don’t drop it, pop it in your pocket”.

My illustration of the completely fictional Green-Bellied Litter Picker was also made out of recycled materials, mainly bits of old clothes and household fabrics, using embellishing, embroidery and applique textile techniques. The foliage was created using plastic bread bags and a real stick from my garden forms the branch.

My Song

My Home

“Rainy City” bird box

Reduce, reuse, recycle is the mantra of sustainability for protecting our environment in the growing climate crisis. I felt my Green-Bellied Litter Picker bird needed a home made out recycled materials. Waterproof and lightweight for mounting, I chose to use large milk bottles; a plastic I have not yet banished from my family home. The plastic is cloudy and white so what could be more appropriate in our famously rainy city of Manchester than a bird box in the shape of a cloud complete with concrete raindrops cast in ubiquitously Chorlton avocado packaging.

Where I Live

Find Me Here

Enter Longford Park at the main entrance from Edge Lane.  Follow the first path on the right, keeping parallel to the road.  The bird box is on a tree to the left of the path, shortly before you reach the crossing with the Arena Bombing memorial to the left.

People of


All the people you see on these pages have been absolutely amazing in a time which has been tough for everyone, especially people in the arts. However, these brilliant contributors have given their time for free to create for you a unique experience and hopefully allow you to enjoy and escape for a while from this pain of a pandemic.

All the contributors are now passing the baton over to you in the hope that you will add your support to this local community project and help our chosen local charity in these extremely difficult times. We’ve chosen the Chorlton & Didsbury Foodbank because we don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going hungry. They provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to them in crisis. You can now help this amazing operation by following the link to the donate page.

Thanks so much for your support, we hope you enjoy the hunt and let your friends know about it.

Please help Chorlton & Didsbury Foodbank by following the link below