Is the river shaking off its reputation?

I was on the X78 bus coming into Rotherham Bus Station earlier today, when I spied what I thought to be a heron standing statue-like in the river near the Chapel on the Bridge.

Friday, 28th October 2016, 6:49 am
Updated Monday, 31st October 2016, 8:53 am
Heron

So, upon alighting the bus, I popped around to the location and managed to get a few pictures.

The locals seemed surprised to hear/see a heron in the locality.

So maybe this is a sign of a river becoming increasing amenable to fish and other forms of aquatic life and finally shaking off the reputation of being the most polluted river in Europe.

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Michael Parker

Robertshaw Crescent, Deepcar, S36