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Nature reserve flytippers 'condemned'

The rubbish dumped included a bed, sofa and children's toys. Photo: The National Trust

The National Trust has condemned those responsible for tipping a massive amount of household waste on a local nature reserve in Horden on the County Durham coast.

Items dumped at Limekiln Gill included a bed, sofa, clothing and children's toys.

The waste has now been cleared.

Durham Coast rangers were alerted to the flytipping on May 3.

It’s very disappointing and incredibly frustrating when things like this happen as it means we have to divert time and resources away from other work we’re doing to deal with them.

The cost of clearing up fly tipped waste can be considerable.

As a charity we’d much rather invest our limited funds in conservation work that will help to maintain and improve the area for visitors and wildlife, such as our Durham Argus butterfly project, which is improving habitats to help this rare butterfly only found in County Durham to thrive.

– Eric Wilton, National Trust General Manager for the Durham Coast
The rubbish was dumped in an area containing rare plants and wildlife. Credit: The National Trust

The National Trust says as well as being unsightly, waste like this can also damage the delicate ecosystem of an extremely rare habitat which is part of the Durham Heritage Coast, as well as harming wildlife that lives there.

The charity is working with Durham County Council to track down those responsible for the flytipping.