‘Polluted lake’ warning from RSPCA after bird and fish deaths

Birds and fish have died after a lake at a business park was polluted.

Wednesday, 28th July 2021, 11:22 am
Updated Wednesday, 28th July 2021, 11:24 am
The lake at Kins Business Park in Prescot

RSPCA officers were called to Kins Business Park in Prescot after a member of the public became concerned following the sudden deaths of a number of animals.

Inspector Caren Goodman-James said: “When we arrived at the scene there was a nasty smell of dead and decaying fish and birds.

"We found a high number of fish belly-up on the surface with no obvious cause of death, as well as a number of dead ducks and cygnets seen floating in the water. It was very sad.”

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Officers spoke to people nearby who said everything had been fine at the lake earlier in the week but that swans and herons have now left the lake and everything left on the water is now dying.

Caren said: “We removed the bodies of two ducks who had recently died from the edge of the lake and rescued one disorientated and lethargic goose who is now receiving care at RSPCA Stapeley Wildlife Centre. However, there are lots of ducks, coots and gulls still at the scene and we fear they may fall ill.

“We could clearly see some sort of pollutant on the water’s surface but couldn’t tell what it is and how it’s impacting the wildlife.

"We’ve made the Environment Agency aware and they will make further investigations and take appropriate action but have asked anyone with information to contact their incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60.

“The APHA vet we spoke to doesn’t think it’s avian bird flu, botulism or issues due to oxygen levels in the water but that it’s more likely a man-made pollutant that has been added to the water. It’s really worrying to think someone may well have done this deliberately.

“We’d like to advise members of the public walking around the lake not to go into the water or allow their dogs into the lake.

"We’d also like to advise caution around touching any of the animals at the lake and to contact us on 0300 1234 999 if they come across any sick or struggling birds or fish.”