Beverly Brook - a thriving "eco-system"


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There's a seal in our river!

Once a lifeless stream but now well and truly on the road to recovery

When local volunteers checked out the species found in Beverly Brook a couple of years ago they were impressed to find that what was once a lifeless stream had many new species including somewhat surprisingly a large goldfish!

This years check up has found healthy and more appropriate specimens of chubb, roach & dace all of which is good news to the Enviroment Agency. Beverly Brook which joins the Thames at Putney following its journey through Richmond Park and Wimbledon Common, was badly affected by poorly treated effluent from the old Worcester Park Sewage Works. Following the replacement of the sewage treatment works with Hogsmill Water Treatment plant under five years ago the water quality has improved thanks to the modern methods of water improvement.

The vice chair of the Wimbledon and Putney Common Conservators, Tony Drakeford, said: "A management plan is underway to further enhance the brook environmentally and visually, so with luck and a little time we may once again watch brown trout rising to the fly on this ancient waterway."

10th November 2003