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Specialists move onto the Moor in a bid to stop fish dying
KNUTSFORD'S Moor Pool is to be tested this week by water specialists in a bid to tackle the ongoing problem that has blighted the site.
Cheshire Wildlife Trust has said that a team of specialist aquatic scientists will this week begin testing on the Moor Pool in a bid to assess a way forward in tackling the water quality problems that are affecting the popular mere.
Earlier this year, the conservation charity urged residents to reduce activities like duck feeding with bread to reduce the high levels of nutrients or ‘eutrophication’ that was thought to be a contributing factor behind a reduction in the quality of the Moor Pool and increasing fish deaths.
Increased nutrients and eutrophication can vastly reduce the oxygen levels available in the water, and with increasing fish numbers found the health of the pool rapidly declining.
The Government’s environment and conservation body Natural England have now contracted APEM Ltd to begin a range of tests across both Tatton Mere and Knutsford Moor Pool, with surveys by boat expected to start in the coming days.
The team of scientists will also produce a ‘Lake Management Plan’ that will include; water level management, water quality, habitat quality, fishery management, lake restoration, wetland management and wider water catchment management.
Following the tests, the report will comment on the suitability of restoring the lake habitat, and is likely to make recommendations on what further work is required in order for the lake to be restored to favourable condition including a potential timetable and costs.
Measures to address the fish deaths in the short-term are also likely to be recommended.
Jacki Hulse, Cheshire Wildlife Trust’s Head of Estates and Land Management said: "We welcome Natural England’s decision to contract in specialists to fully assess the condition of Knutsford Moor Pool and look forward to seeing the recommended steps forward and working with our partners to achieve a healthy, sustainable future for the pool and its wildlife.
"The report will allow us to understand the wider implications and advantages of working across the inflows and outflows of the pool and the water catchment, which in turn should bring a better long-term solution.
"In the meantime, and especially during the warm weather we have recently experienced which can see natural rapid growth in bacteria and algae, we would continue to urge people not to feed the ducks with items like bread, whilst we work towards the improvements to the pool."
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