Fish rescued from silted ponds at Norfolk nature reserve

Fish rescue
Image caption Setting out the nets to catch thousands of fish at risk from silted water and rotting leaves

Thousands of fish have been rescued from ponds being filled up with rotting leaves and silt in Norfolk.

Volunteers and specialist fish catchers carried out the project at the Willows Nature Reserve in Downham Market.

Decaying leaves were depriving the water of vital oxygen, threatening several species of fish.

The Environment Agency advised anglers and the borough council working to save more than 4,000 fish and restore the ponds to a healthier condition.

Kevin Allen, former chairman of King's Lynn Angling Association and a member of the Friends of the Willows group, said most of the fish had been caught by nets across the ponds.

They have been taken to new lakes to allow the ponds to be dredged, cleaned out and deepened before they are returned.

Image caption Thousands of fish were rescued from ponds affected by silting and rotting leaves
Image caption Nets were set up across the ponds to catch the fish, which were taken to other lakes
Image caption Once the fish had been taken out of the ponds the Environment Agency began dredging

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