Thursday, March 3, 2011

Wildlife warning after dead fish removed from pond - 3rd Mar 2011

UP to 100 dead goldfish have been removed from a pond on a Fleet estate.

Now countryside rangers are appealing for people to stop dumping unwanted goldfish in the duck pond at Elvetham Heath.

Three years ago 200 goldfish and a carp were removed and taken to a more suitable freshwater site.

But now Hart’s countryside service is concerned that more fish have been introduced and have been breeding. Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 it is an offence to introduce non-native species of fish into the wild without a government licence.

Tim Ackroyd from Hart’s countryside service warned the pond at Elvetham Heath is too small for fish and is primarily meant to be a duck pond.

He believes that as well as the odd introduction of goldfish since the last clear-out someone has recently emptied the contents of a garden pond into the duck pond.

“We have never put any fish into the pond,” he said. Read More