Bystock Pools nature reserve hit by fly-tipping

PUBLISHED: 06:34 07 January 2016

Rubbsh found dumped at Bystock Pools.

Rubbsh found dumped at Bystock Pools.

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Walkers at an Exmouth beauty spot found it spoiled this week by ‘selfish’ fly-tipping.

Rubbish covering several square metres was found dumped near the north entrance of Bystock Pools nature reserve.

The dumping, pictured here, consisted of a mixture of furniture, household items and waste. It is thought to have taken place sometime during the weekend.

Devon Wildlife Trust spokesman Steve Hussey said this was one of two incidents the trust, which runs Bystock Pools, had seen at its nature reserves over the festive period, with another incident at Warleigh Point near Plymouth.

He said: “These things don’t happen often, but to have two in a week is a really sad occurrence, not only for the wildlife, but because these are beautiful places for people to go.

“We have been encouraging people to go and enjoy them, so for someone to do something so selfish spoils the experience for visitors. It costs money for us – we are a charity and have to go and clear that up.”

Steve said that the charity would act quickly to clear up the mess - and would be reporting the matter to the police.

The trust is currently raising money to purchase the site, which it currently sub-lets from South West Water, which has put the site up for sale.

The trust is now less than £5,000 away from reaching its fundraising target. Donations can be made online at www.devonwildlifetrust.org/donation-by-credit-card.


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