Probe over oil slick in lake as 10 birds rescued

The clean-up continues on the lake
The clean-up continues on the lake -Credit:CoventryLive

An investigation is underway to find the 'third party' who contaminated a Nuneaton lake. It left oil-covered wildlife needing to be rescued from Bermuda Lake.

Such is the impact of the oil slick on the water that the clean-up operation, which was started last Wednesday (May 15), continues today. Severn Trent, which is among the organisations involved, confirmed to CoventryLive that a 'third party' is responsible for the contamination.

A probe is underway to find those responsible as test results are awaited after samples were taken from the water. Severn Trent has said that the contamination is now 'contained' but the clean-up, on the Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council owned lake, continues.

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Martin Young, Warwickshire waste team manager at Severn Trent, said: “We continue to have a team on site at Bermuda Lake, working with the RSPCA and Environment Agency to support the clean-up.

"The oil has been contained and no new oil has appeared over the weekend. Samples have been taken from around the lake as our investigations are ongoing, but we are confident that this pollution has not been caused by a Severn Trent asset.”

According to the latest post from the RSPCA Stapeley Grange, which is based in Cheshire, it has cared for almost 10 rescued birds. It includes a moorhen and also eight geese.

"We are still unsure of what the full impact to wild birds and the environment is but the lake is being monitored," the post on X, formerly known as Twitter, reads.

As the lake is a borough council asset, CoventryLive asked the Town Hall for an update on the work it is undertaking. The Town Hall has yet to comment.

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