FOLLOWING a report of fly tipping on the banks of the Brynberian stream in north Pembrokeshire, members of Never Angling Association, in conjunction with Pembrokeshire Rivers Trust, organised a working party to clear the site.
Together with Keep Wales Tidy, 12 people spent two and half hours on a dry morning in November dealing with what turned out to be a long established tip containing all manner of unpleasant pollutants and debris, such as car batteries and tyres, plastics, aerosols, rusted metal including shopping trolley, many bottles, broken glass, and stomach-churning food waste, all of which had to be heaved up a steep bank and sorted by hand.
The tip was located very close to the water’s edge, with the potential in high river flows to wash downstream into the river Nevern and beyond to the sea at Newport beach.
Nevern Angling Association plays a very important stewardship role for the rivers and streams in the Nevern catchment and further afield. Members regularly carry out river habitat surveys, flylife monitoring and work closely with landowners to protect riverbanks, ensuring migratory fish and other wildlife are given the best chance possible to thrive.
Clearing this fly tip was made possible by Keep Wales Tidy, who made arrangements with Pembrokeshire County Council to recycle the glass and metal and dispose carefully of the car batteries and tyres, glass and other general rubbish.
Fly tipping is a common problem and particularly damaging to watercourses. To report a fly tip or any pollution problems especially fish-kills, call the Natural Resources Wales Hotline as soon as possible on 0800 80 70 60
For more information about this event and other Pembrokeshire Rivers Trust projects please visit our web sites at www.pembsrt.org and www.nevernanglingassociation.org