Workers removing silt as part of the regeneration of Brooklands Park lake got qu…


Workers removing silt as part of the regeneration of Brooklands Park lake got quite a shock when they spotted something slithering around in the mud this week.

For like a scene from cult film the Creature from the Black Lagoon arising from the Brooklands depths was a fully-grown Common Snapping Turtle, hissing and looking pretty put out that her habitat was being disturbed.

The engineers from environmental company Five Rivers Environmental Contracting Ltd managed to retrieve the creature before it was swept up in the dredging work. Given that the company, contracted by Worthing Borough Council, is expert at reviving natural habitats engineers set about making sure they could find a new home for the turtle they named Terry.

Brooklands site manager for Five Rivers, Ben Sharp said: “We got quite a surprise when we saw it. We’ve discovered some weird and wonderful things during our work to clear lakes and rivers but never something quite like this.”

Ben and site technician Jimmy Griffiths set about finding for the turtle and found a shop called Littlehampton Exotics which agreed to take her in.

Hayley said: “She’s in a quarantine tank while we slowly warm her up. She’s a little bit docile at the moment but we expect her to be back to her snapping best soon. When that happens we’ll find her a nice sanctuary somewhere.”

Terry was probably hibernating deep in the Brooklands mud for the winter, especially with the recent cold snap so would have had a rude awakening.

Councillor Diane Guest, Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for Environment, said: “We always known that Brooklands is a haven for wildlife. I can’t wait for the works to be completed which will mean nature will be able to thrive for generations to come.”

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