Members will be aware that we carry out regular work parties on both our river and Stillwater venues. This is overseen by Pete, our Fisheries Manager, who sits on the Committee. He runs the majority of our stillwater works whilst Adrian, our Rivers Manager, is joined by a band of merry men most Wednesdays on our running water fisheries.
The work on our stillwaters is generally split into maintenance and projects. Over the past few years the latter has seen Holtwood drained, transformed, fenced and restocked as a pure bred crucian and tench complex. Hucklesbrook has seen the access road and car parks landscaped, the whole site fenced, new stock introduced and extensive tree management completed. Wedgehill has seen tow of the three lakes drianed and redeveloped, the banks repaired, all ponds re-stocked, the car parks and road landscaped and the whole complex fenced. As previously discussed, works are in the pipeline at Ibsley, extensive tree management, stocking and lily cultivating has been undertaken at Wainsford. Whitesheet has regular work parties to keep it in tip-top condition and currently gets stocked every fortnight. Spinnaker was closed over the weekend of 26-27/10 to ensure all line and litter was completely removed from islands and weedbeds to ensure wildlife is thoroughly protected.
We have invested massively in machinery, vehicles and tools to enable our work parties to work efficiently, safely and with the best possible equipment. We have numerous tree surgeons who dedicate hundreds of hours to us to manage our treelined venues and car parks. We take our environmental responsibilities very seriously and always work with the EA and NE to ensure our work benefits both our members and the natural eco-system. All this costs a lot of money, which is why we have introduced a discretionary contribution option for our members. Equally important are man hours, any time you could volunteer to assist at our work parties would make a huge difference.
The majority of Adrian’s work involves clearing paths, increasing access and selective weed cutting to create more pegs along the Avon and Stour. Their work is vital, particularly on our lightly fished stretches, where paths, swims and weedgrowth can rapidly impede the ability for members to fish along superb venues. They re also on hand for more urgent work, such as removing fallen tress from rivers and the paths along them clearing car parks and ensuring signage is clear on the waters. They do a magnificent job and share a love of the environment and river fishing. Anyone able to join them (they are out most Wednesday’s) will be very warmly welcomed. It’s no surprise that the insights they get to our waters, the time spent watching the water and the huge amount of knowledge they have often sees them holding specimen fish on our site!
We are privileged to be the custodians of many miles of unique chalkstream, historic estate lakes and picturesque, man-made fisheries. With your continued help we can ensure that these wonderful settings are kept in the best possible condition and able to be enjoyed by many generations to come.
After all, we all appreciate that there is far more to fishing than simply catching fish.