Huge numbers of dead fish found at Farnworth beauty spot

Huge numbers of dead fish found at Bolton beauty spot

Huge numbers of dead fish found at Bolton beauty spot

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HUGE numbers of dead fish were found by residents at a popular fishing spot — the second case of its kind in Bolton in the last month.

About 25 dead fish, along with about five or six dead wildfowl, were found at Crompton Lodges in Moses Gate Country Park, Farnworth, and have been removed.

This follows the discovery of at least 150 dead fish at the Eatock Lodge in Westhoughton last month.

The fish died as a result of a sudden drop oxygen levels, which was caused by a rapid increase in the number of algae in the water, due to warm weather.

The algal bloom has since stopped growing and oxygen levels have returned to normal.

It is not known how the wildfowl died.

David Hall, of Stopes Road, Radcliffe, found the fish when he was walking in the park with his friend.

Mr Hall has said the council did not act quickly enough to stop the drop of oxygen levels in the water.

However, the council says the drop was ‘sudden’ and that it is monitoring the situation with the Environment Agency.

Mr Hall said: “It’s not been nice for any residents walking round here — the smell is absolutely awful.”

Eric Hyde, an activist for Little Lever and Darcy Lever, added: “I heard that the oxygen levels went below 50 per cent, which is why these fish died.

“Crompton Lodges has not looked or smelt very pleasant area at all, but at least the situation is starting to improve.”

A council spokesman said: “We received reports that there were dead fish on the surface of the water on August 6. We went down and of the three lodges at the site, one was found to have around 21 dead fish present, which were removed.

“We’ve been working with the Environment Agency and our understanding that this issue probably arose due to a sudden drop in oxygen levels in the lodge. We are continuing to monitor and liaise with the Environment Agency.

“Reports of around five to six dead wildfowl were also received on August 8. The cause of death is not known and the wildfowl have also been removed.”

A spokesman for the Environment Agency added: “There was an algal bloom in the water at Moses Gate Country Park, which caused the death of about 25 fish.

“By the time we got access, the algal bloom had stopped growing and oxygen levels were returning to normal.”

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8:02am Mon 25 Aug 14

By George says...

Is it not connected to the tons of dog feces found in this so called beauty spot?
Is it not connected to the tons of dog feces found in this so called beauty spot? By George
  • Score: -8

8:43am Mon 25 Aug 14

Dj_trouble says...

Unfortunately since the council got rid of the park wardens crompton lodges as become overgrown and half the paths have been closed off due to work not being carried out to ensure they are safe. This is a real shame as this is one of the nicest areas around when it is being looked after properly, bring back the wardens.
Unfortunately since the council got rid of the park wardens crompton lodges as become overgrown and half the paths have been closed off due to work not being carried out to ensure they are safe. This is a real shame as this is one of the nicest areas around when it is being looked after properly, bring back the wardens. Dj_trouble
  • Score: 45

8:45am Mon 25 Aug 14

always lancastrian says...

When I saw "huge numbers" in the lazy headline I was expecting an environmental disaster.
But 25 fish?
Come on BN, raise your journalistic game! (If you can?)
When I saw "huge numbers" in the lazy headline I was expecting an environmental disaster. But 25 fish? Come on BN, raise your journalistic game! (If you can?) always lancastrian
  • Score: 7

8:59am Mon 25 Aug 14

Best an says...

It's probably has something to do with the amount of rubbish being fed to the swans, far too much bread and other food being given, therefore decomposing because they arnt eating it.
I think notices need to be put up to stop feeding for a while or limit it to only so much.
It's disgraceful that wardens have been stopped the town is becoming a disgrace, the streets are filthy full of rubbish grass isn't being cut etc etc. please let me ask what we pay our rates for!!
It's probably has something to do with the amount of rubbish being fed to the swans, far too much bread and other food being given, therefore decomposing because they arnt eating it. I think notices need to be put up to stop feeding for a while or limit it to only so much. It's disgraceful that wardens have been stopped the town is becoming a disgrace, the streets are filthy full of rubbish grass isn't being cut etc etc. please let me ask what we pay our rates for!! Best an
  • Score: 44

10:10am Mon 25 Aug 14

the hand says...

I paid a visit to Moses gate country park for the first time on good Friday with my wife and I've got to say it was the most horrible sight I have seen at a so called local beauty spot bread bags empty coke bottles paper even dirty disposable nappy thrown into the lodge with even more rubbish on the ground its no wonder the fish and wild fowl are dying its a disgrace how some people treat their surroundings when their are bins provided needless to say I won't be going back any time soon
I paid a visit to Moses gate country park for the first time on good Friday with my wife and I've got to say it was the most horrible sight I have seen at a so called local beauty spot bread bags empty coke bottles paper even dirty disposable nappy thrown into the lodge with even more rubbish on the ground its no wonder the fish and wild fowl are dying its a disgrace how some people treat their surroundings when their are bins provided needless to say I won't be going back any time soon the hand
  • Score: 43

11:04am Mon 25 Aug 14

JustBecause says...

It's another example of letting a local visitor spot go to rack and ruin, the cost of keeping it in order is a small price to pay in the scheme of things, local schools use it a lot, it could be a great visitor attraction.

However, it will not happen, it will be a mess in a couple of years.

And before anyone says volunteer and fix it, I pay a shed load of council tax and expect my local environment to reflect that.

The council are just blind to what they have. Turn the house into a proper visitor centre with a cafe, nature trailers, even boats, adventure park like go ape, there is massive potential for this place, massive!
It's another example of letting a local visitor spot go to rack and ruin, the cost of keeping it in order is a small price to pay in the scheme of things, local schools use it a lot, it could be a great visitor attraction. However, it will not happen, it will be a mess in a couple of years. And before anyone says volunteer and fix it, I pay a shed load of council tax and expect my local environment to reflect that. The council are just blind to what they have. Turn the house into a proper visitor centre with a cafe, nature trailers, even boats, adventure park like go ape, there is massive potential for this place, massive! JustBecause
  • Score: 24

11:08am Mon 25 Aug 14

thedom.com says...

Bolton council only give a crap about immigrants and mosques
Bolton council only give a crap about immigrants and mosques thedom.com
  • Score: 24

11:18am Mon 25 Aug 14

mrs philainsy says...

I actually must be Older than I feel - bordering on Ancient.

I remember, when local Parks/ Beauty Spots, had their own Council Gardeners.


As a Kid, I remember Farnworth Park having "Floral Clock" type Plant arrangements, done by several Guys, with a Big Flora filled Truck, Hand Pushed!!

Now The Council dont give a Stuff, as long as they have a Big Christmas Party, Large Expense Accounts and Secret Planning Meetings.

Aaaaaah the old days were best.

Lol.
I actually must be Older than I feel - bordering on Ancient. I remember, when local Parks/ Beauty Spots, had their own Council Gardeners. As a Kid, I remember Farnworth Park having "Floral Clock" type Plant arrangements, done by several Guys, with a Big Flora filled Truck, Hand Pushed!! Now The Council dont give a Stuff, as long as they have a Big Christmas Party, Large Expense Accounts and Secret Planning Meetings. Aaaaaah the old days were best. Lol. mrs philainsy
  • Score: 28

11:50am Mon 25 Aug 14

Lanchester says...

£6.5 million on the Albert Hall...
£6.5 million on the Albert Hall... Lanchester
  • Score: 29

1:13pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Donkey Stone says...

Lanchester wrote:
£6.5 million on the Albert Hall...
To be used by the "few". Spot on comment.
[quote][p][bold]Lanchester[/bold] wrote: £6.5 million on the Albert Hall...[/p][/quote]To be used by the "few". Spot on comment. Donkey Stone
  • Score: 16

2:02pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Changeit! says...

JustBecause wrote:
It's another example of letting a local visitor spot go to rack and ruin, the cost of keeping it in order is a small price to pay in the scheme of things, local schools use it a lot, it could be a great visitor attraction.

However, it will not happen, it will be a mess in a couple of years.

And before anyone says volunteer and fix it, I pay a shed load of council tax and expect my local environment to reflect that.

The council are just blind to what they have. Turn the house into a proper visitor centre with a cafe, nature trailers, even boats, adventure park like go ape, there is massive potential for this place, massive!
Well put!
[quote][p][bold]JustBecause[/bold] wrote: It's another example of letting a local visitor spot go to rack and ruin, the cost of keeping it in order is a small price to pay in the scheme of things, local schools use it a lot, it could be a great visitor attraction. However, it will not happen, it will be a mess in a couple of years. And before anyone says volunteer and fix it, I pay a shed load of council tax and expect my local environment to reflect that. The council are just blind to what they have. Turn the house into a proper visitor centre with a cafe, nature trailers, even boats, adventure park like go ape, there is massive potential for this place, massive![/p][/quote]Well put! Changeit!
  • Score: 7

4:38pm Mon 25 Aug 14

mililly says...

Huges amounts of fish..eerrrmmm 25.since when was 25 a huge amount
Huges amounts of fish..eerrrmmm 25.since when was 25 a huge amount mililly
  • Score: -10

5:08pm Mon 25 Aug 14

127001 says...

always lancastrian wrote:
When I saw "huge numbers" in the lazy headline I was expecting an environmental disaster.
But 25 fish?
Come on BN, raise your journalistic game! (If you can?)
It's akin to someone chucking in 6 boxes of Captain Birdseye Fish fingers.

But the BN exaggerate most stories anyway so nothing new there...
[quote][p][bold]always lancastrian[/bold] wrote: When I saw "huge numbers" in the lazy headline I was expecting an environmental disaster. But 25 fish? Come on BN, raise your journalistic game! (If you can?)[/p][/quote]It's akin to someone chucking in 6 boxes of Captain Birdseye Fish fingers. But the BN exaggerate most stories anyway so nothing new there... 127001
  • Score: -1

7:49pm Mon 25 Aug 14

mr.mark.c says...

mililly wrote:
Huges amounts of fish..eerrrmmm 25.since when was 25 a huge amount
It depends on a persons perspective, if it was people then it would be a massacre, what if it was horses or dogs ?
[quote][p][bold]mililly[/bold] wrote: Huges amounts of fish..eerrrmmm 25.since when was 25 a huge amount[/p][/quote]It depends on a persons perspective, if it was people then it would be a massacre, what if it was horses or dogs ? mr.mark.c
  • Score: 4

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