Save the Ducks – Donate NOW! (Please)

Due to the terrible situation with the condition of the lake, and the devastating impact it had on our duck population, it has been necessary to purchase an aerator to pump the water round the lake. This is in addition to the existing fountain which couldn’t cope with the entire lake. 

The cost of this (£925) has severely depleted our funds which are used to regenerate the park. 

All our funds go back in to the park – we donated over £4000 to the Woodland Adventure Play area phase 1 and substantial amounts to other play areas.

If you witnessed the plight of the ducks (and even if you didn’t) we hope you will help us in our quest to recoup some of this cost. Thank you for your continued support.

CLICK HERE to make a donation.

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More info on Lake Crisis……..

This is the latest on the lake crisis: Dave Wilkinson, Assistant Director for Trading and Property Services, said:

“The Animal and Plant Health Agency have now confirmed that the ducks at Sandall Park have died from a toxin that is produced by decaying vegetation at the bottom of the lake, made worse by the hot weather. The ducks have been feeding on the rotting vegetation and the toxin is poisoning them. 

“We are working closely with the Friends of Sandall Park and the Angling club to ensure all dead and sick animals are removed from the lake and the area is safe for all visitors. If you do see sick or injured ducks or other wildlife, please contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.” 
This is information about what’s caused it all: type C avian botulism comes from a bacteria that grows in lake sediment and outbreaks are more common during spells of very warm weather. Avian botulism has never been reported to be associated with human disease and the risk to human health from Type C botulism is therefore considered to be very low. Nick Wellington has spoken to APHA’ wildfowl expert who confirms that the spell of hot weather has caused similar incidents across the country. APHA continue to recommend that anyone handling affected birds should undertake appropriate personal hygiene measures (including thorough handwashing and not touching face).
Outbreaks of avian botulism can last for several weeks and may recur. If anyone is interested in more information about Avian botulism the APHA guidance is very good:…/surv…/diseases/avian-botulism.pdf

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Council Press Release Re Duck Problem

We have  had the following press release from the council regarding the deaths of ducks on the lake: 
Dave Wilkinson, Assistant Director for Trading and Property Services, said:

“We are continuing to liaise with the Animal and Plant Health Agency to establish the cause of death of the ducks at Sandall Park. We have confirmed that this is not a case of bird flu. We would like to reassure the public that there is no risk to them and this is only affecting birds. As a precaution, we would encourage the public visiting Sandall Park to keep dogs on a lead, not to swim in the lake or touch the ducks. If you do accidentally come into contact with the ducks then immediately wash your hands. The situation will continue to be monitored and assessed over the weekend”



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Duck Health Problem – Latest.

We  have managed to get an update on the duck situation. It is duck/goose related ONLY.

It is not known exactly what it is yet, possibly aviation botchulism but cannot be confirmed until further tests have been conducted at Thirsk. Humans are not in any danger – usual hygiene is all that is required. If you have been near the lake, touched any ducks or whatever WASH YOUR HANDS. Don’t let children touch anything (they tend to put hands in mouth) and if they do – wash their hands. Dogs are not in any danger but should be kept on a lead. 
It is safe to visit the park, but we re-iterate – personal hygiene should be observed. It would be advisable not to feed the ducks and geese at this time. As soon as the illness is confirmed we will let you know.

Sandra, Chairman FoSP.

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Another radio Interview about Volunteering

One of volunteers was invited  onto BBC Radio Sheffield’s Toby Foster show to talk about volunteering. You can hear the interview by CLICKING HERE.

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Safety First.

Just a safety warning – we have had a large number of ducks die on the lake.

It is believed to be something that is only affecting the birds (not the fish) that is killing them. Just as a precaution – please don’t feed the ducks/geese or go near them.

The Environment Agency have been out and told the anglers not to do any fishing: the lake has been closed to anglers. The Environmental Health people are coming out this morning. It might be advisable to keep dogs on a lead in case they go in the lake to cool off, or find a dead duck. The Angling Club are to be congratulated on noticing the problem and taking immediate action. Well done to them. We’ll keep you posted.

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