Today a group of local people got their wellies wet and removed 20 bin bags of rubbish (including large amounts of crisp packets!) plus 3 car tyres, 2 small scooters and traffic cones.
The Cot Burn is often known as the Toll Burn as it passes the Toll Park and the Primary School.
It is also planning to manage the vegetation, though details are not yet known. It is hoped that the new work will incorporate the ‘dipping platform’ that was discussed between The Ecology Centre and the school before it moved to the new site.
Before today’s litter pick a thorough scan was undertaken for any nesting build activity. None was found.
No rats were disturbed, BUT a lone, healthy looking newt was seen.
The removal of plastic bags and drinks cans, will improve the environment for wildlife and make the area more attractive for human passers-by.
Most of the stretch behind the Toll Community Centre down to the footbridge has had the rubbish removed, more to be done.
Lots of flowers and shrubs getting ready for spring.
“Food wrappers, including crisp and sweet packets, were the second biggest form of plastic pollution in rivers, followed by cigarette butts. All of these forms of litter can cause problems for wildlife and fish, and are hard to clean up once they have found their way into the water.”