‘FURIOUS’ residents are calling on authorities to act on the alleged destruction of wildlife and habitat at a country park.

A resident, who did not wish to be named, contacted the Chronicle with concerns regarding swan mussels being decimated - among other wildlife - at Worsbrough Mill.

They said: “I’m not the only person who is extremely annoyed and concerned about this issue - there is a lot of us sharing the same worries.

“We want to know whose idea it was to lower the water levels last month - because it has ultimately started destroying the wildlife and their habitats.”

A member of the public has put up a sign at the reservoir in protest at what is being done to locals’ country park.

The sign reads: “Which imbecile from Barnsley Council decided to lower water levels in April?

“Great crested grebes have abandoned their nests.

“Pike and perch have spawned and their eggs are left high and dry.

“Swan mussels have been decimated.

“The spring season is breeding-spawning time - this work isn’t urgent and can wait until September.

“If we get a summer like last year it will be a disaster.”

Jon Finch, head of culture and visitor economy, added: “We’re making essential improvements to the reservoir at Worsbrough Mill Country Park.

“This includes repairs to the north and south banks of the reservoir, focusing on preserving the area for decades to come.

“The work is taking place throughout 2023 and is due to be completed by spring 2024.

“There will be minimal disruption to visitors while the work is taking place, and all parts of the park will remain open, however, some sections may be barriered off for short periods or diversions put in place.

“We’re working with local people, volunteers, wildlife specialists and partners, including the Barnsley and District Amalgamated Angling Society, Wigfield Farm, the Environment Agency and contractors Balfour Beatty, throughout the project to make sure the work is carried out with the least amount of disruption possible and that the local wildlife and natural habitats are protected.

“We’ve started the work as soon as possible to protect local habitats and to make the area as safe as possible for visitors and people who use the reservoir.

“We invite people to come along to two events in early June, where you can hear more about the work and tell us your thoughts and ideas.

“We hope that visitors old and new will come and explore the beauty of the park.”