WWG meeting 9th Oct 2018

WWG meeting 9th Oct 2018

Minutes from the meeting which took place at Great Witchingham Village Hall on the 9th Oc...

Relief Channel Survey Report 2018

Relief Channel Survey Report 2018

Please find attached the 2018 Survey report for the Great Ouse Relief Channel, produ...

Eastern Regional Shield 2018 Results

Eastern Regional Shield 2018 Results

72 anglers from 12 teams across the region fished yesterdays event, which was held o...

East Anglia Water Situation Report September 2018

East Anglia Water Situation Report Septe...

Please see the attached montly Water Situation Reports for East Anglia.  See the att...

WWG meeting 23rd July 2018

WWG meeting 23rd July 2018

Minutes from the meeting which took place at Taverham Mills Fishery 23rd July 2018 The mi...

Summer advice for fishery managers

Summer advice for fishery managers

Prolonged dry weather can affect fish stocks and the fisheries they support. Where water...

Upper Ouse Polution Incident

Upper Ouse Polution Incident

Please see the following press release from the Agency following the nasty polution incid...

Ely Ouse Hydro Acoustic Data 2018

Ely Ouse Hydro Acoustic Data 2018

Please find attached the 2018 Ely Ouse hydro acoustic map for circulation. Click the...

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Please find attached the 2016 Survey report for the River Ivel, produced by Justin Mould and team Brampton. 

Click the ‘download attachment’ link below to download this report as a PDF

Chris Middleton

Fisheries & Biodiversity Technical Officer

East Anglia Area

Environment Agency, Bromholme Lane, Brampton, Huntingdon, PE28 4NE

External Tel: 02030251804, Internal Tel: 51804, Mobile: 07881 512038



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Angling Trust regional chair Kelvin Allen presented his story at the recent "The Reasons" event held in Peterborough Museum on the 1st Dec.

This forms part of the NERC funded DRY project which looks at dilemmas around drought and water scarcity.

Kelvin presented the case on water needs and balances, which ended with two questions given the major expansion in both managed wetlands and housing in the Cambridgeshire Fens.

Where is all the water coming from? and is there any water left for the Environment? His presentation is available below as an attachment.

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For more information on project DRY visit http://dryproject.co.uk/



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Minutes and presentations from the consultative 3rd Oct 2016.


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The minutes and reports from the Nene Welland and Witham consultative forum are below.





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Minutes and presentations from the consultative 4th July 2016.


Aim 1 - To improve fish stocks in agreed areas of the Wensum, which are open and accessible to Anglers, to a level that offers Anglers the opportunity for improved sport


To identify specific stretches currently available and decide species where population increase would benefit Anglers.

To decide whether habitat /weed/invertebrate populations in those stretches is suitable for species suggested.

Establish by netting; electro fishing; catch records etc. current fish populations Undertake a stocking programme where deemed appropriate to increase species population This could take form of adult fish introduction; or spawn or fry introduction.

Aim 2 - To identify areas of Wensum that could be opened up to Anglers which are currently not available


Map River to identify areas currently availability to Anglers and those not available and under Riparian Ownership Identify status of current availability - ie club; syndicate; day ticket; free access; private etc.

Approach Current land owners where no fishing allowed to see if they would open up their water to Anglers. This especially applies to areas where river restoration work has been carried out by EA

Aim 3 - To identify Predation problems within Wensum Valley and put in further measures to reduce if deemed suitable and appropriate.


To review Cormorant Population on River and identify areas where further management would be beneficial. Apply for licences accordingly.

To implement a feasible programme of signal crayfish trapping in liaison with EA and NE.

To identify Mink and Otter Populations on River by monitoring and feed back from Anglers; Clubs; Riparian Owners. Put in controls for Mink Population whilst recognising limitations imposed on Otter Control.

Aim 4 – To identify and understand the core components of chemical and diffused pollution impacting the Wensum Valley.

Objectives –

To work with UEA and others to analyse the sources of contamination.

To work towards building a community program of capturing the health of the river through programs such as freshwaterwatch.

To ensure that the statutory bodies have the evidence to resolve the point source components impacting the river.

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The group which formed in November 2016 by a group of like minded anglers passionate about the River Wensum, following the demise of the Wensum fishery action plan previously led by the Environment Agency. The river which rises at Whissonsett to the west of Fakenham and flows into the River Yare at Norwich. This iconic river has lost much of it's former glory when it was a weekly adventure for John Wilson on TV catching prime chub, roach and barbel.

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We need a new fresh approach and as with many other rivers across the UK the Rivers Trust has created a framework to support this with both EA and AT support. 

Your Fisheries has the potential to work for the Wensum and deliver a strong framework for reporting and planning.


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