illegal dumping

There has been of a spate of illegal dumping of plant material into Rosie Pond, Wepre Park over the last month. On three occasions a large quantity of plant material has been dumped into the pond. The Connah’s Quay Angling Club Bailiffs, who work hard to keep the Rosie Pond in a great condition, have had to remove the weed, due to its invasive nature. These three incidents have been reported to the Countryside Service, North Wales Police and Natural Resources Wales.

This contravenes Section 14 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act, and I quote, ‘The purpose of section 14 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (‘the Act’) is to prevent the release into the wild of certain plants and animals which may cause ecological, environmental, or socio-economic harm. To achieve this section 14 prohibits the introduction into the wild of any or any species of animal or plant listed in Schedule 9 to the Act.’ The pond and surroundings are part of the Connah’s Quay Ponds and Woodland Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and the Deeside and Buckley Newts Site Special Area of Conservation (SAC). As such the “release into the site of any wild, plant, seed or micro-organism”, requires prior consent and would not be approved in this instance”.

If anyone is found dumping plant material into the pond, they will be reported to the police and Natural Resources Wales. As local residents you may have noticed activity of this nature and if anyone has any information on this matter, please email stephen.lewis@flintshire.gov.uk