Scores of dead fish found at Westhoughton beauty spot

Scores of dead fish found at Westhoughton beauty spot

Clive Daubney, with from left, Dorothy Hamer, Grace Bridges, Sandra Alder, Lourdes Rodriguez Hernandez, aged 10 and Mandy Winrow at Eatock Lodge

Eatock Lodge, where fish have been found dead.

Eatock Lodge, where fish have been found dead.

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , reporter

HORRIFIED residents found scores of dead fish floating at a Bolton beauty spot.

People walking around the Eatock Lodge nature reserve in Westhoughton have reported seeing large numbers of dead fish, mainly coy carp, on top of the water.

Bolton Council bosses have confirmed they have been forced to remove at least 150 dead fish.

The council, which has been working with the Environment Agency said that the fish had been killed because of “extreme weather conditions”, which are believed to have involved low water levels.

Westhoughton resident Clive Daubney said he saw hundreds of the dead fish on the surface of the water last week, describing the scene as “horrific”.

The 62-year-old, who lives in Drake Hall, said: “I think I saw 300 dead fish — it was very unpleasant, an horrific sight.

He added that he had seen contactors using weed killers in the water at the lodge and believed that could be what had killed the fish, but the council said evidence from the Environment Agency said otherwise.

A council spokesman said: “We received reports last week from residents that there were dead fish on the surface of the water. We went down and removed about 150 fish, which is thought to be a relatively small percentage of the total stock.

“We’ve been working with the Environment Agency and our understanding, from them, is that this was a one off event caused by extreme weather conditions.

“We’re still keeping an eye on the lodge and will continue to liaise with the Environment Agency on this.”

Eatock Lodge is a six hectare local nature reserve and site of biological importance.

The Environment Agency was unavailable for comment.

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11:47pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Hotpot1 says...

There's summary fishy goin on ere
There's summary fishy goin on ere Hotpot1
  • Score: -2

8:22am Thu 24 Jul 14

Dr.DCSD says...

To all who are concerned. Allan Wilkinson, The Environmental Officer, etc.
On Tuesday 15th July I took y dogs for a walk on Eatock Lodge. As I approached the water I saw huge number of dead fish. They were all over the bank at water's edge, floating on the surface, on the lily pads and on the bottom. I estimated about 300 fish were dead or dying. From my friends I heard that Bolton Council had been and cleared out the oxygenating weed and sprayed herbicide to kill the lilies. I was also told that the Environment Agency had been and measured the oxygen content and found that it was at 30%. I received further information that the Environment Agency had offered to loan Bolton Council the necessary equipment to correct the oxygen levels but Bolton would have to provide the manpower to look after the equipment for 24 hours. Bolton Council refused this offer citing no budget or manpower for this. They also, apparently said they were hoping for rain.
I was infuriated at what I saw and took immediate action to find out what the story was. I spoke to several people who walk their dogs on a regular basis and had the same story related to me. I contacted the Bolton Council and left a message for the Manager of the Environment Department to call me. I did not hear anything from the Council. I called my M.P. Julie Hilling and spoke at great length with her assistant. I was told that they had received several calls about the Lodge and that despite the fact that the M.P. has no jurisdiction with the council, she had, in fact spoken with them and been told that the council were on top of things.
After speaking with the above I called the Bolton News and related the same story to them. I was asked if I would be available for a picture taking. I answered in the affirmative and arranged to meet the photographer along with some of the other concerned citizens.
I have since contacted a Mr. Ian Hayes of the Environment Agency and confirmed the details of the above story. He told me that the Council was doing nothing about the fish except hoping for rain. He added that when he measured the oxygen content first, it was only 30% and that after the rain at the weekend of 19th July the oxygen levels were between 25% and 40% after the rainfall. I discussed with him who could operate the oxygenating equipment and was told that all they needed was for someone to watch the equipment to make sure it was operating and that it was not stolen or damaged. Mr. Hayes also told me that the Bolton Council had a Duty of Care and Responsibility for the fish.
After speaking with the Environment Agency I called the RSPCA and related the same story to them and was told that they would send an Inspector to look into the situation.
I have not heard anything from Bolton Council. I have not said that it was the herbicide that killed the fish. I did say that the removal of the oxygenating weed would contribute to the death of the fish. In fact if it was the herbicide that killed the fish, then my dogs would be dead as well because they are drinking the water every time we go past the pond. I have not seen any cooperation from Bolton Council with any person or agency involved.
I find that the article in the news paper is very erroneous in its description of events and that the writer has not done enough investigation to obtain the correct information before writing this story.
Thank you
To all who are concerned. Allan Wilkinson, The Environmental Officer, etc. On Tuesday 15th July I took y dogs for a walk on Eatock Lodge. As I approached the water I saw huge number of dead fish. They were all over the bank at water's edge, floating on the surface, on the lily pads and on the bottom. I estimated about 300 fish were dead or dying. From my friends I heard that Bolton Council had been and cleared out the oxygenating weed and sprayed herbicide to kill the lilies. I was also told that the Environment Agency had been and measured the oxygen content and found that it was at 30%. I received further information that the Environment Agency had offered to loan Bolton Council the necessary equipment to correct the oxygen levels but Bolton would have to provide the manpower to look after the equipment for 24 hours. Bolton Council refused this offer citing no budget or manpower for this. They also, apparently said they were hoping for rain. I was infuriated at what I saw and took immediate action to find out what the story was. I spoke to several people who walk their dogs on a regular basis and had the same story related to me. I contacted the Bolton Council and left a message for the Manager of the Environment Department to call me. I did not hear anything from the Council. I called my M.P. Julie Hilling and spoke at great length with her assistant. I was told that they had received several calls about the Lodge and that despite the fact that the M.P. has no jurisdiction with the council, she had, in fact spoken with them and been told that the council were on top of things. After speaking with the above I called the Bolton News and related the same story to them. I was asked if I would be available for a picture taking. I answered in the affirmative and arranged to meet the photographer along with some of the other concerned citizens. I have since contacted a Mr. Ian Hayes of the Environment Agency and confirmed the details of the above story. He told me that the Council was doing nothing about the fish except hoping for rain. He added that when he measured the oxygen content first, it was only 30% and that after the rain at the weekend of 19th July the oxygen levels were between 25% and 40% after the rainfall. I discussed with him who could operate the oxygenating equipment and was told that all they needed was for someone to watch the equipment to make sure it was operating and that it was not stolen or damaged. Mr. Hayes also told me that the Bolton Council had a Duty of Care and Responsibility for the fish. After speaking with the Environment Agency I called the RSPCA and related the same story to them and was told that they would send an Inspector to look into the situation. I have not heard anything from Bolton Council. I have not said that it was the herbicide that killed the fish. I did say that the removal of the oxygenating weed would contribute to the death of the fish. In fact if it was the herbicide that killed the fish, then my dogs would be dead as well because they are drinking the water every time we go past the pond. I have not seen any cooperation from Bolton Council with any person or agency involved. I find that the article in the news paper is very erroneous in its description of events and that the writer has not done enough investigation to obtain the correct information before writing this story. Thank you Dr.DCSD
  • Score: 9

8:30am Thu 24 Jul 14

Rocket_Scientist says...

The reporter should also know the difference between "coy" and "koi", it's not difficult
The reporter should also know the difference between "coy" and "koi", it's not difficult Rocket_Scientist
  • Score: 5

1:41pm Thu 24 Jul 14

RogerDT says...

Dr.DCSD wrote:
To all who are concerned. Allan Wilkinson, The Environmental Officer, etc.
On Tuesday 15th July I took y dogs for a walk on Eatock Lodge. As I approached the water I saw huge number of dead fish. They were all over the bank at water's edge, floating on the surface, on the lily pads and on the bottom. I estimated about 300 fish were dead or dying. From my friends I heard that Bolton Council had been and cleared out the oxygenating weed and sprayed herbicide to kill the lilies. I was also told that the Environment Agency had been and measured the oxygen content and found that it was at 30%. I received further information that the Environment Agency had offered to loan Bolton Council the necessary equipment to correct the oxygen levels but Bolton would have to provide the manpower to look after the equipment for 24 hours. Bolton Council refused this offer citing no budget or manpower for this. They also, apparently said they were hoping for rain.
I was infuriated at what I saw and took immediate action to find out what the story was. I spoke to several people who walk their dogs on a regular basis and had the same story related to me. I contacted the Bolton Council and left a message for the Manager of the Environment Department to call me. I did not hear anything from the Council. I called my M.P. Julie Hilling and spoke at great length with her assistant. I was told that they had received several calls about the Lodge and that despite the fact that the M.P. has no jurisdiction with the council, she had, in fact spoken with them and been told that the council were on top of things.
After speaking with the above I called the Bolton News and related the same story to them. I was asked if I would be available for a picture taking. I answered in the affirmative and arranged to meet the photographer along with some of the other concerned citizens.
I have since contacted a Mr. Ian Hayes of the Environment Agency and confirmed the details of the above story. He told me that the Council was doing nothing about the fish except hoping for rain. He added that when he measured the oxygen content first, it was only 30% and that after the rain at the weekend of 19th July the oxygen levels were between 25% and 40% after the rainfall. I discussed with him who could operate the oxygenating equipment and was told that all they needed was for someone to watch the equipment to make sure it was operating and that it was not stolen or damaged. Mr. Hayes also told me that the Bolton Council had a Duty of Care and Responsibility for the fish.
After speaking with the Environment Agency I called the RSPCA and related the same story to them and was told that they would send an Inspector to look into the situation.
I have not heard anything from Bolton Council. I have not said that it was the herbicide that killed the fish. I did say that the removal of the oxygenating weed would contribute to the death of the fish. In fact if it was the herbicide that killed the fish, then my dogs would be dead as well because they are drinking the water every time we go past the pond. I have not seen any cooperation from Bolton Council with any person or agency involved.
I find that the article in the news paper is very erroneous in its description of events and that the writer has not done enough investigation to obtain the correct information before writing this story.
Thank you
Christ, you had a busy day!
[quote][p][bold]Dr.DCSD[/bold] wrote: To all who are concerned. Allan Wilkinson, The Environmental Officer, etc. On Tuesday 15th July I took y dogs for a walk on Eatock Lodge. As I approached the water I saw huge number of dead fish. They were all over the bank at water's edge, floating on the surface, on the lily pads and on the bottom. I estimated about 300 fish were dead or dying. From my friends I heard that Bolton Council had been and cleared out the oxygenating weed and sprayed herbicide to kill the lilies. I was also told that the Environment Agency had been and measured the oxygen content and found that it was at 30%. I received further information that the Environment Agency had offered to loan Bolton Council the necessary equipment to correct the oxygen levels but Bolton would have to provide the manpower to look after the equipment for 24 hours. Bolton Council refused this offer citing no budget or manpower for this. They also, apparently said they were hoping for rain. I was infuriated at what I saw and took immediate action to find out what the story was. I spoke to several people who walk their dogs on a regular basis and had the same story related to me. I contacted the Bolton Council and left a message for the Manager of the Environment Department to call me. I did not hear anything from the Council. I called my M.P. Julie Hilling and spoke at great length with her assistant. I was told that they had received several calls about the Lodge and that despite the fact that the M.P. has no jurisdiction with the council, she had, in fact spoken with them and been told that the council were on top of things. After speaking with the above I called the Bolton News and related the same story to them. I was asked if I would be available for a picture taking. I answered in the affirmative and arranged to meet the photographer along with some of the other concerned citizens. I have since contacted a Mr. Ian Hayes of the Environment Agency and confirmed the details of the above story. He told me that the Council was doing nothing about the fish except hoping for rain. He added that when he measured the oxygen content first, it was only 30% and that after the rain at the weekend of 19th July the oxygen levels were between 25% and 40% after the rainfall. I discussed with him who could operate the oxygenating equipment and was told that all they needed was for someone to watch the equipment to make sure it was operating and that it was not stolen or damaged. Mr. Hayes also told me that the Bolton Council had a Duty of Care and Responsibility for the fish. After speaking with the Environment Agency I called the RSPCA and related the same story to them and was told that they would send an Inspector to look into the situation. I have not heard anything from Bolton Council. I have not said that it was the herbicide that killed the fish. I did say that the removal of the oxygenating weed would contribute to the death of the fish. In fact if it was the herbicide that killed the fish, then my dogs would be dead as well because they are drinking the water every time we go past the pond. I have not seen any cooperation from Bolton Council with any person or agency involved. I find that the article in the news paper is very erroneous in its description of events and that the writer has not done enough investigation to obtain the correct information before writing this story. Thank you[/p][/quote]Christ, you had a busy day! RogerDT
  • Score: 1

8:23pm Thu 24 Jul 14

davidlpercival says...

NOT A VERY PRETTY SITE AT THE OLD LODGE, AFTER 50 YEARS OF FISHING HERE THE HOT WEATHER IS AN UNDER STATEMENT, EXCUSE ME ,BUT THIS WOULD DEFINATELY BE A CASE OF NEGLECT ,ie POISONING IS MORE THE ANSWER, QUESTION, HAVE WATER SAMPLES BEEN DONE ,AND HAVE ANY OF THE DEAD FISH BEEN EXAMINED, OR WAS THIS JUST ANOTHER POOR ASSUMPTION, BY ANOTHER JOBS WORTH, ANSWER NOT GOOD ENOUGH. IT NEEDS CONCRETE EVIDENCE. TO VALUE THIS STATEMENT ,

POSTED BY
MR DAVID PERCVIVAL
PS HOPE YOU CAN SENSE MY ANGRY FEELINGS,...........
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NOT A VERY PRETTY SITE AT THE OLD LODGE, AFTER 50 YEARS OF FISHING HERE THE HOT WEATHER IS AN UNDER STATEMENT, EXCUSE ME ,BUT THIS WOULD DEFINATELY BE A CASE OF NEGLECT ,ie POISONING IS MORE THE ANSWER, QUESTION, HAVE WATER SAMPLES BEEN DONE ,AND HAVE ANY OF THE DEAD FISH BEEN EXAMINED, OR WAS THIS JUST ANOTHER POOR ASSUMPTION, BY ANOTHER JOBS WORTH, ANSWER NOT GOOD ENOUGH. IT NEEDS CONCRETE EVIDENCE. TO VALUE THIS STATEMENT , POSTED BY MR DAVID PERCVIVAL PS HOPE YOU CAN SENSE MY ANGRY FEELINGS,........... . davidlpercival
  • Score: -1

1:25am Fri 25 Jul 14

stevie1471 says...

what do you expect from BN, they hardly every use TRUE FACTS, every report these days is full of "hear say" that they try and turn into fact, and in regards to the Bolton council they think we are all stupid and don't understand things, and that we are all gullible, and that we take what they say as gospel. We are general public, and the have the attitude now.........oh another complaint about something, lets just come up with an excuse, what can the general public do to us??? Communism hiding behind democracy.
what do you expect from BN, they hardly every use TRUE FACTS, every report these days is full of "hear say" that they try and turn into fact, and in regards to the Bolton council they think we are all stupid and don't understand things, and that we are all gullible, and that we take what they say as gospel. We are general public, and the have the attitude now.........oh another complaint about something, lets just come up with an excuse, what can the general public do to us??? Communism hiding behind democracy. stevie1471
  • Score: 0

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