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Invite to discuss wildfowl concern

Over past weeks there have been a number of reports and letters in the Mansfield Chad from people concerned about the welfare of wildlife at some of the District's ponds, due to some people failing to clear away fishing debris.

Mansfield District Council is inviting people who have witnessed negligent fishermen and instances of animal cruelty at the ponds to come along to a drop in session to discuss the problem on 6 June.

Martyn Thurman, Head of Neighbourhood Services at Mansfield District Council, will be joined by Cllr Phillip Shields, Portfolio Holder for the Environment and a Council Neighbourhood Warden at the Titchfield Park Pavilion between 6 and 8pm.

People are invited to come along to the session to discuss their concerns to allow the Council to gather information so it can look at how it can deal with the issue.

The Council's Neighbourhood Wardens have increased patrols in the areas in a bid to stop people from illegally fishing and the Council is intending to work with Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust to find a long-term solution to the problem in the District.

The Council is also looking to give powers to members of the Friends of groups, which will enable them to carry out the role of a bailiff. Fishing is permitted in ponds at The Carrs, Warsop and the Mill Dam off Quarry Lane, Mansfield but fishing is not allowed at The Hermitage pond.

Cllr Phillip Shields said: "We know that a vast majority of anglers are responsible and take care to clear away their fishing tackle. We are however very concerned about the reports that some are acting carelessly and therefore endangering the lives of the wildlife that make our parks and ponds their homes. We would like to invite people to come along to meet with us and discuss their concerns, so we can investigate the issues and consider what further action we can take to eradicate the problem."

Published 01 June 2012

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