Cheltenham lake pumping continues to stop fish dying

Dead fish in Pittville Park lake
Image caption Recent storms or decomposing algae are thought to be the cause
Dead fish are gathered out of the water at Pittville Park in Cheltenham
Image caption About 10% of the lake's fish population are thought to have died
The fire service have supplied three pumps
Image caption Six pumps are working round-the-clock to re-circulate water
Dead fish from Pittville Park's lake in Cheltenham
Image caption There are no fears about the lake's population of fish being wiped out

Pumping to restore oxygen levels in an ornamental lake where some 25,000 fish died suddenly is expected to continue until Saturday at least.

Vast numbers of roach, and a few carp and pike, were found dead in Pittville Park's lake in Cheltenham on Wednesday.

Park owner Cheltenham Borough Council believes environmental factors are the cause of the water's low oxygen levels.

A park ranger said far fewer fish had died since the pumping work began, and it would continue into the weekend.

'Breed like rabbits'

Six pumps are working round-the-clock to re-circulate water into the lake in an effort to stabilize the oxygen levels.

Ranger Janice Peacey said around 10% of the lake's fish were thought to have died but roach "breed like rabbits" so the population was not in danger of being wiped out.

It is believed that factors linked to environmental conditions, such as decomposing algae or sediment stirred up by recent storms, caused the problem in the first place.

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