Wildlife at risk due to pollution in Nottingham’s River Trent

River-TrentA photographer is joining the fight to beat pollution in the River Trent as it could cause harm to fish in the area and even change their gender.

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Jack Perks is finding it hard to photograph wildlife in the Fairham Brook as fish are struggling to survive in the polluted waters.

And he is determined to see change so that people can enjoy the beauty of the river for years to come.

“These rivers are fantastic to walk down and see all the wildlife and it would be shame if we lost that aspect of the river,” he said.

“There is a lot of problems with pollution in the Fairham Brook area and it is the species we can’t see, such as ones underwater, that are in danger.

“The Trent has got a lot better over recent times as 50 years ago you wouldn’t have seen the otters, kingfishers or salmon that are around now.

“There is always room for improvement though and we need to make the Trent something we are proud of as it is synonymous with Nottingham.”

“In most rivers you can find fish that are both genders.”

Greg Broughton, manager at the Environments Agency, revealed that there is an issue with the pollution in that area and more needs to be done to tackle it.

But with the plans he has in place, he hopes that the issue won’t be a talking point in a couple of years time.

“We are working with local organisations in catchment partnerships to come together and improve rivers for the community,” he said.

“Everybody has a part to play from community and wildlife groups to industrial estates to tackle the levels of pollution in the river.

“It’s all about working with people like Jack and others who have the best interests of the river and its wildlife in hand.”

“Every individual person has their own role to play in the conservation of the river.”

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