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Hesketh Lodge, Bolton - Polluted with silage liquor

Hesketh Lodge fish kill

Fish Legal brought a case against a farmer on behalf of the Bolton Cooperative Angling Club which settled in November 2012 for £10,000.


In June 2010, thousands of carp, perch, roach and bream in Hesketh Lodge, one of the club's lakes at Astley Bridge outside Bolton, were wiped out when silage liquor from storage facilities at nearby farm escaped into Astley Brook which fed into the anglers' prized fishery.

The incident was classified as a category 1 incident by the Environment Agency.  The fish in the lodge suffocated when the silage liquor stripped the oxygen out of the waters.

The farmer was initially prosecuted by the Environment Agency for breaching the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010, and the Water Resources (Control of Silage, Slurry and Agricultural Fuel Oil) Regulations 2010 and was fined at Bolton Magistrates Court.

Fish Legal followed up with a civil claim and successfully negotiated an out-of-court settlement for compensation which the club plans to use the money to restock the fishery.

Contact: Fish Legal - Eastwood House | 6 Rainbow Street | Leominster | HR6 8DQ | Tel: 01568 620447

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