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After the recent devastation at Fleet Pond, Hart Countryside Services have announced that there is to be a ban on fishing in the vicinity.
The ban comes after thousands of fish died during the recent heatwave which saw temperatures reach above 30ºC over a period of a week or more.
Below: The announcement from Hart Countryside Services.
Regular testing of the water is being carried out but Hart District Council state:
“As the site is protected as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, any chemical intervention is likely to be destructive to the remaining wildlife and would not be an option we would explore. The only way to improve the lake environment and prevent future large algal blooms is to encourage water plants to flourish within the lake. We have been working together over the last 10 years to achieve this and recent surveys show that we are now starting to see an improvement in all areas of the lake. There is still a fair way to go and we will continue to work with our partners at Fleet Pond Society, Natural England and the Environment Agency in building aquatic flora that stabilise the ecosystem for fish, improves the water quality and ultimately greatly improves the wildlife value all round.”
The council confirm that the clean up operation has now been completed in the pond and that measures have been put in place to mitigate conditions.
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