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Darvel Angling Club, Scotland - Slurry Pollution

Fish Legal was delighted to win over £7,137 for one of its Scottish member clubs, the Darvel Angling Club, following a slurry spill from Bransfield Farm at Priestland in Ayrshire that saw a serious fish kill on the Gower Water and the River Irvine in 2006.

The incident occurred on 5th November 2006 and, according to SEPA investigating officers, an estimated 50,000 litres of very liquid farm slurry escaped from an underground storage tank and for 15 minutes poured into the nearby watercourses. The sheer volume of slurry swamped a culvert and was partially diverted into a roadside ditch which led to the Gower Water at Bransfield Bridge. A portion of the effluent also entered the Priestland Burn to discharge into the River Irvine 100m upstream of its confluence with the Gower Water.

Hen and cock salmon, sea trout, adult brown trout and thousands of salmon fry of the year were all found dead on the stretches of the river Irvine leased by the Darvel Angling Club, with electro-fishing surveys carried out by SEPA immediately after the event returning no surviving fish at all downstream of the point at which the slurry entered the Gower Water.

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

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