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Wildlife Lovers Express Reservoir Concerns

Monday October 6 2014




WILDLIFE lovers have expressed their concern at a Barnsley reservoir's "dangerously low" water level.

The 60-acre stretch of water at Worsbrough is a haven for wildlife and regularly attracts keen bird watchers and anglers.

But sluice gates have been fully opened at the reservoir for the past eight weeks allowing millions of gallons of water to cascade out.

Levels have deliberately been lowered to allow replacement of leaking sluice gates, the council says.

The result is that herons' nests have been left high and dry, ancient mussel beds have dried out and fishing platforms for disabled anglers are now more than 15 feet above water level.

Keen walker Marie Roberts went walking past the reservoir earlier this week. She said: "I was totally shocked, the reservoir is nearly empty, the wildlife is dying.

"I am disgusted the wildlife is being killed and is suffering. If we have a dry winter there will be nothing left."

Coun Roy Miller said: "The existing sluice gate on the northern side of the reservoir has been leaking. If it failed it could cause an uncontrolled amount of water to flow into the River Dove and potential flooding downstream of the reservoir.

"A replacement sluice gate has already been ordered. We're waiting for confirmation of the dates for its installation which is expected in the next few weeks. The reservoir will refill through natural run off once the works are completed."

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Reply Posted by wildlifepro on Thursday October 9 2014 at 13:28
I wish to point out a few inaccuracies within this story. 1. "herons nests being left high and dry" herons nest in the very tops of trees in communal nesting areas known as heronries, so will be "high and dry". Also any nests of other waterfowl will have been vacated several weeks ago. 2. This is a perfect time to lower water levels as during hotter months, oxygen levels within the water are very low and would have resulted in a fish kill. It seems to me a wildlife professional that reasonable steps have been taken to protect the native wildlife in order to make a long term repair to an issue that would have a catastrophic effect should the old sluice fail.

Reply Posted by Mr C on Saturday October 11 2014 at 21:36
Very true wildlifepro it as been low for months bt now is the best time of year to do it as nesting season is over

Reply Posted by Dr Debate on Monday October 13 2014 at 11:14
Calamity Miller strikes again another project just like the Eldon Street project when he says "already been ordered " what's wrong with getting the goods then starting the project.

That mans not for real.

I can remember the last time the ater was this low was 1976 when the standpipes were outside our house.