Thousands raised to restore life to stream after pollution incident

A dead fish in Skeeby Beck after a pollution incident last year.

Almost £4,000 has been raised to restore life to a beck affected by pollution.

Hundreds of fish and other wildlife are thought to have died after slurry got into the stream which runs through Gilling West and Skeeby.

The waste got into the watercourse from tanks at a site near Hutton Magna, with farm bosses saying vandals were to blame for the release.

Local residents say the pollution will cause lasting damage to the stream, while fishing guide Olly Shepherd, who has the fishing rights on Skeeby, says the pollution will have undone years of restoration work he has carried out on parts of stream around Skeeby.

In response, an appeal has been set up to help pay for habitat restoration.

The appeal has almost reached its target in just two days.

Marina Gibson, who launched the appeal, said: “Olly has been picking up dead fish for hours, but this is only the surface. It’s the entire ecosystem beyond the naked eye that has been affected by this incident and who knows how long it will take to rejuvenate.

“I’m raising funds so that Olly and his team can put in place a stocking program and habitat improvement plan to revive this beloved environment.
“The river is dead and we need to help Olly get it back.”

To donate to the appeal click here.

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