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The planned meeting for 28th March was cancelled due to the CV-19 restrictions
Hugh Bunker has sent through a briefing note from the Agency on thier activities during this last quarter, which is availble to download below.
We have also started to look at supporting the Fanland Pike Initative in addressing some of the long term issues impacting the Lincolshire Fens.
In these difficult times, I trust everyone can keep safe and well.
Latest update on the Nene from Viktor.
Quick update from myself on all things Nene Valley;
Resilient River Project:
- Nassington (Wellington Fishery run by PDAA) is still on hold due to weather obstructing access. The fencing contractors are currently not operating due to the situation so as soon as they are, coupled with the lack of rainfall and dropping river levels, this will get completed ASAP. It is likely the tree works will be put on hold until September to avoid bird nesting season. Tree planting to occur in November.
- Electric Cut, Peterborough is currently with Peterborough City Council to get permissions for the scheme and for drone monitoring which will look at the extent of re-sedimentation & vegetation in future years. Aiming for September/October on this one.
- Wellingborough Embankment floating islands had a bit of a setback with the identified additional funding from Wellingborough Council not being secured. They have been able to provide a small amount however but it still leaves a shortfall for the most basic design so Whitworths have been asked to top up the pot and I am awaiting a response.
- Lilford Backchannel permit has been submitted and I am now working on the landowner consent documents with the view that EA FCRM budget will be made available to deliver the project in the 20/21 financial year.
Wellingborough Waterside Group:
- Public consultation of the potential improvement works in and around Wellingborough Embankment was live in Jan & Feb, with 3 days of consultation in the Swansgate Centre, Wellingborough. We had a majority good feedback on this. I know WDNAC were concerned they had not been consulted before this went live, however I spoke to numerous members of the committee, including Howard, about why this was. In essence the group was only pulling in the right stakeholders at the right time and as fishing rights were not to be affected by any of the proposals WDNAC were not consulted with beforehand. This is because the improvements are only ideas and a version 2 design with public informed ideas will be produced as an outcome of the consultation. Then work will start to put the improvements in to action. I was also representing WDNAC and other fisheries here whilst on the group so they were not forgotten about, as is always the case normally! Rest assured I always have done and will continue to represent angling at all meetings or during consultations to the best I can.
Nene Valley Catchment Partnership:
- The NVCP will soon have a new storymap website going live which is accessible to all. It holds a huge amount of information and data which can be explored. Once live I will provide a link to everyone so they can have a look at it.
- Challenges and Choices consultation is open until 24th April and the NVCP will be submitting a response to it. I would prompt anyone interested in submitting a response or sending us comments to be included in our response. https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/environment-and-business/challenges-and-choices/?dm_i=3O4M,12NEZ,D6EWF,3QDC6,1
- The EA have made ecological monitoring data publically available. You can access years of fish, invert, macrophyte & diatom data in spreadsheet format. It can be tricky to read however I suggest hiding irrelevant columns and putting filters on columns so you can flick through it much more easily. I am going to be looking at it and trying to run some data analysis on the relevant sites to the restoration works if data is available to see what has happened over the last few decades in terms of fish populations and species populations too. https://environment.data.gov.uk/ecology-fish/?utm_source=CaBA+and+Rivers+Trust+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=36d13b8b67-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_05_29_02_38_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5785643b8e-36d13b8b67-92775589&mc_cid=36d13b8b67&mc_eid=fdc0bfd494
I think that is all,
Take care everyone and hopefully we will be back out fishing soon!!
Kelvin and David
The EA and IFM would like to invite you to a FREE one day Weed Management Workshop to be held at Wicksteed Park
Weed Management WorkshopWeed Management Workshop Wicksteed Park, Barton Road, Kettering NN15 6NJ 15th February 2020
Our aim is that by improving knowledge within the angling community and of active club members about how best to manage and control weed, your fisheries will benefit.We would like to invite you to a FREE one day Weed Management Workshop to be held at Wicksteed Park (postcode NN15 6NJ).
Our aim is that by improving knowledge within the angling community and of active club members about how best to manage and control weed, your fisheries will benefit.The workshop will look at all aspects of weed management and control including what water plants there are, how they work and the problems they can cause, invasive non-natives plants, mechanical removal, algal control and much more.It will aim to help you:
- Create a balanced fishery
- Realise the importance of aquatic weed management
- Understand techniques available for controlling difficult plants
This workshop has been developed by the Environment Agency and the Institute of Fisheries Management (IFM). We are able to offer your club, or fishery up to 4 places completely free of charge. Further places may be available on request.
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Open letter to the Nene Welland and Witham consultative on grants to fisheries this spring.
We are writing to Angling Clubs and fisheries across the Environment Agency Lincs and Northants Area to offer the oppertunity to bid into a Rfieries Resilience Scheme.
This fund is designed for purchase of equipment to ensure that your club can be proactive in its management during times of environmental stress such as too much or too little rain. By having equipment directly at your disposal this will enable you to keep a close eye on the water quality, manage your fishery in a sustainable manner and respond promptly when required.
Further details about this scheme are:
The maximum bid available is £1000.
- The monies must be spent on aeration equipment (pumps, aerators, dissolved oxygen meters)
- Any unspent monies must be returned to the Environment Agency
- The equipment’s sole use is to assist with the enhancement and resilience of your clubs’ fisheries.
- The scheme is only available for this year and bids need to be received by Monday 6th May 2019.
- Receipts for the equipment purchased must be available for review by the Environment Agency up until two years after purchase.
- We reserve the right to visit your site to ensure that the equipment is being used as intended.
If you are interested in bidding into this scheme, please send a completed application form to Liz Sroga, Environment Agency, Ceres House, Searby Road, Lincoln, LN2 4DW or Liz.email@example.com . The form is available here.
Lincs and Northamptonshire area
I have created the following update on Nenescape following its successful award from HLF.
Regional Chairman Kelvin Allen discusses the Building Bridges project work with the Nenescape Partnership. Click on the link below.
We are pleased to annouce that we have agreed with the Nene Regional Park and their Hertiage Lottery Fund bid for a Landscape Partnership project that it will include support for the Angling Trust to enhance it's Building Bridges project to focus on education and intergration of Eastern European anglers across the Nene Valley.
This potential 5 year program will bring benefits to the social intergration of anglers from whatever background from Peterborough to Northampton.
The Nene Welland and Witham consultative discussed the possibility of creating a habitat rich backwater on the Nene at Stibbington for a number of years. In 2014 Deeping St James AC worked up a scheme not only to provide off channel winter refuge, but also to provide excellent angling access into what became a 28 peg natural venue on the Nene.
The scheme jointly funded by the EA and Deeping St James AC has shown what can be achieved in partnership.
Click on the download attachment link below for more photos and information.
RIVER NENE IMPROVEMENTS
This scheme was implemented by the Environment Agency with the co-operation and agreement of the Nene Park Trust (landowner) and the support of Peterborough and District Angling Association (PDAA) and the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire Wildlife Trust.
It's another sound demostration of partnership working and providing benefits for both the river ecologly and angling.
CHANNEL IMPROVEMENTS ON THE WELLAND AT DRAYTON
This £55k scheme of water framework improvements was implemented by the Environment Agency with the co-operation and agreement of the adjacent landowners (Matthew and Melanie Robinson and Alister Brooke-Clarke) and in-kind support from the Welland Rivers Trust and the Wild Trout Trust. Another great example of improving our rivers.
CHANNEL IMPROVEMENTS ON THE WELLAND AT SUTTON BASSETT
This £60k scheme was implemented by the Environment Agency with the co-operation and agreement of the adjacent landowner (Mr Beaty) and in-kind support from the Welland Rivers Trust and the Wild Trout Trust.
CHANNEL IMPROVEMENTS ON THE WELLAND AT SOUTH LUFFENHAM
This £11k scheme was implemented by the Environment Agency with the co-operation and agreement of the adjacent landowner (Mrs Bellamy) and in-kind support from the Welland Rivers Trust and the Wild Trout Trust.
This £56k scheme was implemented by the Environment Agency with the co‐operation and agreement of the adjacent landowners (Messrs Hart and Parker) and in‐kind support from the Welland Rivers Trust and the Wild Trout Trust.