Wiltshire Wildlife trust steps in to clear flytipping

Wiltshire Wildlife trust steps in to clear flytipping

Published by Mike Draper with contributions by Local Democracy Reporter Julia Corbett at 5:52am 13th August 2019.

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Yet another load of fly tipping, and this time it's a nature reserve that's been spoiled.

  • WHAT: Skirting boards, chairs and cupboard doors were dumped
  • WHERE: Car park of Ravensroost reserve near Malmesbury
  • WHEN: The rubbish was found by a member of the public on August 6

The fly tipping has now been cleared away by Wiltshire Wildlife Trust.

This latest incident at Ravesnroost Reserve comes just days after a truck load of waste was flytipped on farm land owned by the MOD near Tidworth.

The approach road and car park at Ravensroost nature reserve.
Enough rubbish to fill a skip was illegally fly-tipped in the car park at Ravensroost reserve.


Wiltshire Wildlife Trust has told Spire FM News flytipping is costing them a fortune, with the charity regularly having to clear up illegally dumped waste from many of its sites.

    • Coombe Bissett Down is frequently abused by flytippers, with bin bags of grass cuttings and other waste a common occurence.
    • Middleton Down near Wilton is also being used as a tip for rubbish, which is blighting this beautiful traditional chalk downland.
    • Blackmoor Copse near Farley, the Trust's first ever official nature reserve, is also being harmed on a reguilar basis by flytipping.
Coombe Bissett Down Nature Reserve car park
Coombe Bissett Down reserve car park is prone to flytipping.


Neil Pullen, reserves manager at Wiltshire Wildlife Trust said:

"The photo shows a pile dumped in the car park of Ravensroost reserve on Tuesday evening. WWT will now have to pay for a skip and divert staff to the site to load rubbish into a skip."

"When fly-tipping is thrown into a pond this is even harder to clear. If you are hiring someone to remove rubbish please ensure they have the correct Waste Carriers Licence giving them authority to take rubbish to a registered disposal site."

A Wiltshire Council spokesperson said:

"We are determined to eradicate fly-tipping in Wiltshire as it costs significant money and time to investigate and clear, money we'd much rather spend on vital services. It can also impact our wildlife and habitats. We always make every effort to investigate and take action against the individuals who do this."

"We are also working on new initiatives to combat fly-tipping and more details will be released on this soon. We can't eradicate this ourselves and support of the public is vital, so we'd encourage them to download My Wiltshire app or website to report anything they see."

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