Deaths at Scott Road Pond
One hundred young roach were today introduced to their new
home at Scott Road pond, Wallisdown, following the death of more than 200
of the species there last summer.
Following an offer from Bournemouth based Space Industries
to fund the replenishment scheme, staff from partner organisation
Bournemouth Oceanarium have worked with the Partnership to supply the fish
and gain the necessary permissions required.
Jim Reilly, marine biologist at the Oceanarium said, “ As
the Scott Road pond sits in Bourne Bottom, a Site of Special Scientific
Interest (SSSI), we have had to consult
English Nature and carry out health checks on the fish before the
Environment Agency would give the project a green light.
The EA have strict guidelines about the
species, size and quantity of fish that can be introduced.”
Last July’s fish deaths were linked to a chemical spill at
a small industrial estate on Wallisdown Road, which runs parallel to the
valley through Bourne Bottom.
pollutant had been washed down the road drains and entered the stream
which runs just yards away.
Local young people were particularly upset at the fish
deaths, so it's been important for them to be involved in the
re-introduction. Others participating included Val Rowling who lives
in Scott Road and does a lot of good work to keep the pond and stream
clear of litter and overgrowth, and Kate Mitchell, Poole's Bourne Valley