Experts brought in to investigate deaths of fish in Norwich park

The lily pond at Eaton Park, which has been fenced off following the death of fish. Photo: Submitted. The lily pond at Eaton Park, which has been fenced off following the death of fish. Photo: Submitted.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
9:47 AM

Experts have been brought in to carry out further tests on a pond in a popular Norwich park – to solve the mystery of a spate of fish deaths.

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The lily pond at Eaton Park has been fenced off for almost a month, after members of the public reported that dead fish were floating in the water.

In the middle of April, Norwich City Council put up a blue sign on the wire fencing, which stated: “The lily pond has been fenced as a precaution while the health of the fish is investigated. No fish are to be moved into or out of the pond unless authorised. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

City Hall officers have now confirmed that some fish had died and revealed a string of tests have been carried out to establish what was causing them to perish.

An Environment Agency technical officer tested the water’s oxygen levels, which proved to be normal.

A spokesman for Norwich City Council confirmed tests of water samples for heavy metal contaminants also came back clear.

But, with the riddle remaining, the council has asked other experts to carry out further tests.

The spokesman said: “Following the tests we carried out for the presence of heavy metals, we asked Cefas (the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science) to carry out more tests for us.

“These have so far proved inconclusive, although we’re still awaiting further test results to try and establish the cause of the problem.”

The 1920s concrete lily pond, along with a number of structures at Eaton Park, has a grade II* status on English Heritage’s Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England.

The park was opened in 1928 and, like Waterloo Park which opened in 1933, it was designed by Captain Sandys-Winsch, a protégé of the celebrated Edwardian landscape architect Thomas Mawson.

In March, Norfolk police dismissed rumours that there had been incidents of dog poisoning in Eaton Park, which is off South Park Avenue.

People had claimed that dogs had been poisoned by pellets left in the Norwich park and that razor blades had also been found.

But police said, while various stories had circulated on social media, no incidents had been reported to them.

Do you have a theory about the fish deaths? Write, giving full contact details, to Letters Editor, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich NR1 1RE.

15 comments

  • Whiley Boy

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • I think Bister has issues ! Lol

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    bugz bunniez

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Hmmmm looks like few culprits of dog poisoner could be one of you anti - dog people commenting! What a not Is child got hold of the poison an died! Shall we ban kids from parks too ?.

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    bugz bunniez

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Wow! I've never read such nonsense as that spouted by 'blister'. There really are some uneducated people about. The chance of getting a disease from another human is a hundred if not thousand times greater than from a dog. Perhaps you should stay indoors altogether if you're worried about contracting some mystery illness.

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    NROO

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • It is well known that dogs can transmit a number of serious diseases to humans not to mention the large number of people who are killed or seriously injured by them

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    blister

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • What a lot of anti-dog statements! I have never heard of dogs spreading TB to humans and the health benefits that a dog can provide to humans in terms of exercise and psychological wellbeing far outweigh any fears of them spreading disease!

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    tigger449

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • Simple solution really, keep dogs out of the park which would make life much more pleasant for everyone, no dog mess to tread in and no threat of injury or disease from diseased dogs

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    blister

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Ncc were informed too !

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    bugz bunniez

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Police never investigated several dogs died from rat poisoning after visit to eaton park . Friends of eaton park and police were informed by owners and the vets that dealt with the dogs . Vets had to call and report to poison unit ! Friends of eaton park rung the vets in question demanding they remove warning posters about poisoning events at eaton park big cover up!

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    bugz bunniez

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • I've never seen dogs in that pond THERE AINT REALLY Much info about TB in dogs but I do feel dogs should be on leads at all times mines alway on the lead

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    Bebegd86

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • I am a very frequent visitor to Eaton park for around 45 years 'blister', and I have NEVER seen any dogs in the pond in question.Perhaps you are imagining things and you maybe you shouldn't be allowed in public places because of this..

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    Levi Stubbs

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Many dogs carry diseaeas that are fatal to humans inclcluding a type of TB they should really be kept on a lead at all times and maybe banned from public spaces completely .

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    blister

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • I have personally seen people fishing out the fish with their hands and leaving them on the side, laughing as they did so. Didn't recognise the language but it was definitely eastern block of some sort. These idiots don't give a crap about anything, it's like they have no concept of right and wrong, like infants.

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    Wayne Frary

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Dogs are dying because of this poisoned park, fish are one thing, but dogs are a different matter, perhaps it will take a poisoned child before the council take notice, you can't just put a fence around things and hope it'll go away.

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    mr mayhem

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • I have seen a lot of dog owners let their dogs swim or paddle in this pond and maybe they have transferred a canine disease to the stock of fish

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    blister

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

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