Hope’s community can help save Falmer Pond near Brighton

A MAN calls on the community to come together to save fish in a dry pond and protect it from hot weather.

Falmer Pond on East Street, Falmer, has shrunk in the last month and has now reduced to the size of a “shallow puddle”.

Brighton and Hove City Council has taken no action to save dozens of carp in the pond but hopes to restore it by removing silt in the bottom and repairing leaks.

Matt Thompsett from Falmer has organized a meeting for this Sunday at 4pm to discuss how people can help the ancient Saxon pond keep its water level for years to come.

The Argus: The water level of the pond has dropped in the hot weatherThe water level of the pond has dropped due to the hot weather

The 64-year-old said: “The council is absolutely right, the fish are not native to the pond. They were brought in.

“But at the end of the day, they are creatures who deserve better treatment.

“It’s not their fault they got put in there.

“We have to build the ecosystem in such a way that there are many border plants, reeds, willow plants. Nature then creates its own balance.

“Ideally it will help to provide shade to reduce evaporation and plants that can help oxygenate the water and shade the algae so less of it accumulates.

The Argus: The Council plans to remove silt and fix leaks in the pond in the futureThe council plans to remove silt and fix leaks in the pond in the future

“There is a lot of expertise in the universities, in the South Downs National Park and in the Council. We can fall back on that.

“I hope people can show up on Sunday and offer that. It could just be me and my dog.

“Hopefully we can develop a plan over several years to replant in the area.”

On Thursday, a group rescued three carp from the pond and plans to rescue more.

Yesterday The Argus reported on the Falmer fishing disaster which has seen dozens of carp die in the pond.

A spokesman for the city government said: “We appreciate that many residents are upset that ponds in our city are currently drying up and fish are dying.

The Argus: Falmer Pond on Saturday 6th August. Picture by Kristina VoyceFalmer Pond on Saturday 6th August. Picture by Kristina Voyce

“Ultimately, the problem is the hot, dry weather we’ve had. This is a national and even international problem caused by climate change.

“Our ponds are not designed for fish. Like many ponds in the city, Falmer Pond is not fed by a stream but by runoff from the surrounding area, so it inevitably runs dry in times of drought.

“There should be no fish in the ponds in our parks for precisely these reasons. The only reason they are there is because some people release their unwanted fish into them.

“We want to emphasize that people should never do this.

“In the longer term, our ponds will almost certainly fill up again when the rains return.

“Given the current serious water supply concerns, we are unable to refill the ponds. In either case, filling the pond with tap water would cause another algal bloom which would further deprive the oxygen and thus kill the fish.

“A short-term movement of the fish is extremely difficult due to national regulations for disease testing.

“We will put up signs at Falmer Pond to discourage people from dumping their fish there.”

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