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ERS 2023Venue River Nene Oundle Winners Tackle & Baits9

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Middle Level 2023Level Main Drain between Mullicourt Aqueduct and St Germans undertaken …33

Level Main Drain between Mullicourt Aqueduct and St Germans undertaken in April 2023

 

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Minutes of Consultative AGM Meeting held on 11th June 2022 in Kettering

Following Saturday’s consultative meeting, I’m sad to say that the members felt we had reached the end of the road. David and I have documented a summary of the meeting and it’s conclusions and outcome.

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2014 hydroacoustic survey on the River Yare,

River Waveney 20142014 hydroacoustic survey on the lower River Waveney2

2014 hydroacoustic survey on the lower River Waveney

River Thurne 20152015 hydroacoustic survey of the River Thurne,1

2015 hydroacoustic survey of the River Thurne,

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2914 hydroacoustic survey on the River Thurne

River Bure 20142014 hydroacoustic survey on the River Bure, Norfolk;

2014 hydroacoustic survey on the River Bure, Norfolk;

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2016 Hydroacoustic Fish Population Survey of the Relief Channel:

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2016 fish population surveys on the River Ouzel between Leighton Buzzard and Newport Pagnell.

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2017 Hydroacoustic Fish Population Survey Of The Relief Channel Denver to Saddlebow

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2017 fish population surveys conducted on the Middle Level System

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2017 fish population surveys on the River Great Ouse between Brampton and Earith.

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207 River Great Ouse – Brackley and Newport Pagnell

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2017 fish population surveys on the Counter Drain between Mepal and Salters Lode.

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Upper Chelmer 20162016 fish population surveys on the River Chelmer between Great …1

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2016 fish population surveys on the River Gipping between Stowmarket and Ipswich.

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River Yare, Norfolk; 2016 hydro acoustic results.

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LOFFCA 8th Jan 2018Lower Ouse & Fenland Fisheries Consultative Association Meeting on Monday …1

Lower Ouse & Fenland Fisheries Consultative Association

Meeting on Monday 8 January 2018          Heron House Ely at 7.45 pm.

Established 2004                                                                                         Angling Trust membership number 631

The meeting at Heron House was appraised of the evacuation procedure by Chris Middleton EA Those attending:

R Hiom, Colin Dodd (Treasurer), Chris Middleton (EA), Kelvin Allen (AT).

Norman Knightley, Alan Leonard (Histon AC), Peter Mottram, Neil Everard (SWAC), Alan Nelson (W AC), Richard West (LAPS), Tony Brooks (EBAC), John Pope (Junior Events),

Apologies:

Paul Thomas, Paul Frost, Mark Leach and Peter Scragg stepping down from Minutes Sec.

Matters Arising:

  • The new membership of JKL Tackle was confirmed with Colin Dodd and their cheque for £30 handed over from RH.
  • Insurance details were available for Mark Easey but will be held over for his next
  • Various papers from the FM course were left on the table for
  • Issue 40 of the Contact list has been completed and should be at everybody’s email

Tony Brooks of Ely Beet announced that his club will not be taking up the Clay pit lease. This decision was made after a 2 hour inspection.

A proposition was made by Colin Dodd, seconded Alan Leonard, that an annual fee should be implemented at the AGM in April.

Speaker

Ms Victoria Wilkinson (Pollution Prevention Manager) of Anglian Water gave a presentation on the works and projects of the company in its pumping stations and pipework; in principle from “home to river”. She covered details of the new Pollution Watch campaign developed after an incident in Northampton two and a half years ago. Principally, the issue was one of communication because a report by a dog walker was not actioned in a timely manner and the subsequent action failed to stem a large fish kill.

Victoria went on to cover the geography of the company from the Humber to the M25 and coastal Suffolk to west of Northampton. Their call centre is in Lincoln and cross reports with the EA if necessary.

Angling Trust East Anglian representative

Kelvin Allen opened with comment on neo-nectoloids, an item found in the water table that is not level monitored by the EA. The Waveney has the worst situation of the substance because of the high level of sugar beet and rapeseed production. This is becoming a national problem.

The Angling Improvement fund have started another round and £400K is on offer.

Nenescape has moved on with £128K awarded for a Heritage Grant. This will fund a round of educational sessions in schools, multi lingual signs for approx 20 clubs and a sum towards the Voluntary Bailiff resource (VBS). Andy Beale, ex-EA, will be going round Nenescape to monitor the situation.

Finally the EA habitat change permit cost has been raised as an issue as the cost has risen from £50

to £764. This matter is ongoing.

Ouse Washes – the proposed meeting for 27 January is likely to be cancelled.

The Broads Angling Strategy Group will now be known as the Broads Angling Service Group, in effect the Broad’s Consultative. Also on the subject of Consultatives, the Kettering Consultative has grown by three clubs.

Environment Agency Representative

Chris Middleton opened by handing out a survey report followed by Enforcement stats. during the period April 2017 till the end of year 2277 checks were made and 77 offences identified. Chris’s information is that trips out with bailiffs can be arranged.

Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) requires input urgently so club reps are advised to plan ahead and get in touch with Chris. Further detail will be circulated.

29th Jan and 5th Feb will be days for fish cropping and transfer.

Items 7 to 9 conjoined for convenience as General Discussion

Costs of “marketing” LOFFCA were discussed as the promotion of the consultative will cost and the discussion of an annual fee per club is still on the cards for the AGM. Funds raised internally could go towards assets of some kind was also mentioned.

Tuesday 20 Feb is the CamEO Valley Forum at the Maltings in Ely run by Anglian Water. There will be syndicate exercises.

The subject of overloaded sewage treatment works was raised by Colin Dodd with information on the R. Welland from Kelvin Allen.

There being nothing further the meeting was closed at 10.00pm.

Next meeting 9th April 2018 at 7pm for 7.15 start

LOFFCA 9th April 2018Lower Ouse & Fenland Fisheries Consultative Association  Meeting on Monday …

Lower Ouse & Fenland Fisheries Consultative Association

 Meeting on Monday 9 April 2018 (AGM) Heron House Ely at 7.15 pm.

 Established 2004                                                                                         Angling Trust membership number 631

  • The meeting at Heron House was appraised of the evacuation procedure by Chris Middleton EA

Those attending:

R Hiom, Colin Dodd (Treasurer), Chris Middleton (EA),

Norman Knightley, Alan Leonard (Histon AC), Peter Mottram, Neil Everard (SWAC),, Tony Brooks (EBAC), John Pope (C & J Events),

Mark Leach (USSC), Andrew Stockton (MAC), Terry Easey (CAAS), .

  • Apologies: .

Paul Frost, Kelvin Allen, Mark Easey, Alan Nelson, Richard West, Paul Thomas.

  • Speaker

Jake Davoile AT FMA ( Fisheries’ Management Adviser) gave a thorough and detailed presentation of his work. The talk covered all aspects of predator control, funding, his geographical area and some slides of his work and materials he recommended.

He is a licenced otter trapper and reminded all present that lethal control processes cease on April 15th. He also advised on the aspects of fencing against otters with slides and would provide free site visits on the control of otters. Funding is explained in more detail on the AT website.

  • Previous minutes

The previous minutes have two amendments. Firstly the EA change permit now costs £170 and Tony Brookes of Ely Beet was not offered a lease in Ely rather than he declined it.

  • Annual General Meeting

Accounts – The financial listing was proposed by Colin Dodd and seconded by Richard Hiom. The details were accepted unanimously. Balance at bank is £253 pounds.

  • Constitutional change

An understanding had been reached that continuous funding in some form is needed. Two main costs occur:

AT membership – fixed annually in Autumn. At present £55

Ink costs by Secretary – occasional but can be £40 for an XL cartridge.

Colin Dodd did not want get to a balance in excess of what would be considered “a float”, financially. RH noted to the meeting that administering the payment would put work on Colin. John Pope said that extra money could be used to promote a formal image, i.e. business cards, compliment slips and the LOFFCA flyer.

Proposal 1 – A £10 fee was decided as adequate with a proviso:

  1. that clubs could opt Lessening the work on Colin Dodd.
  2. charges would start 2018/2019 twelve month from April

It would be noted that, for clubs that opt out, certain facilities would be restricted such as EA fisheries videoing, pennywort working and fisheries advice. This would be the decision of the committee.

This was agreed unanimously. Action Point RH to circulate suitable wording for the Constitution.

Proposal 2 – By John Pope that formal stationery be designed to enable a more professional front for LOFFCA in the more proactive days of the consultative now. General discussion of the flyer and business cards already in use by RH took place.

However, before a formal vote took place Terry Easey of Cambs Albion very generously said if John talked to him with costings Terry would pay the bill for the stationery. This was much appreciated.

  • EA representative Chris Middleton Fisheries & Biodiversity Tech Officer This can be seen within the EA notes.

Also mentioned was

£8K has been made available for Floating Pennywort work. Habitat improvement is planned for true Crucians from Calverton Input to FIP grants

Working parties are now being discussed individually with clubs A car battery weed cutter purchase is being considered

  • AT Regional Forum

RH covered subjects recently discussed at the Anglian Fisheries Management meeting

  • Local issues

Colin Dodd reported on the Middle Level situation. It has been decided that the dissolved oxygen problems are an EA issue with Mike Nunns dealing. Questions are being asked if there is an issue with pennywort or sulphates in the water.

  • Any Other Business
    1. It was noted that a traveller’s site has been noted at Bury St This has been given an EA incident number.
    2. RH gave all present a review of the DEFRA meeting at the David Attenborough meeting that he had been invited to attend. He gave his views on farming and its environmental effects from a sport point of view in syndicate working. The needs of the area post-Brexit was the central theme of the
    3. Norman Knightly raised an issue at There had been regional Pike matches run by AT with entry fees collected. However, the final was not run in 2018 although entry fees had been collected. He asked for the subject to be escalated for information. (editor’s note: James Lewis AT Competition and Development manager has been emailed).

There being nothing further to report the meeting was closed at 10.00pm

  • Date of next meeting 2nd July 2018 at 7pm for 15pm start

 Doc ref: LOFFCA AGM 9 April 2018.odt

LOFFCA 2nd July 2018Lower Ouse & Fenland Fisheries Consultative Association Meeting on Monday …

Lower Ouse & Fenland Fisheries Consultative Association

Meeting on Monday 2nd July 2018 Heron House Ely at 7.15 pm.

Established 2004 Angling Trust membership number 631

The meeting at Heron House was appraised of the evacuation procedure by Chris Middleton EA

Those attending:

Kelvin Allen, Colin Dodd (Treasurer), Chris Middleton (EA), Norman Knightley, Alan Leonard (Histon AC), Peter Mottram, Neil Everard (SWAC), Tony Brooks (EBAC), John Pope (C & J Events), Mark Leach (USSC), Andrew Stockton (MAC), Terry Easey (CAAS), Colin Dodd (Histon), John Culham, Richard West,

Apologies:

Richard Hiom, Alan Nelson, Paul Thomas.

Previous Minutes and Actions & Matters Arising

Under item 3 Saffron Waldron are not applying for a Cormorant Licence.

Following the AGM Richard had drafted a proposed set of constitutional word changes to review at this meeting.

The meeting felt that members Opt Out clause didn’t reflect that agreed at the meeting and as such proposed that all such Opt Out clauses be removed from the wording in Proposal 1.

Proposal 1 to become:

A £10 fee was decided as adequate

Charges would start 2018/2019 twelve month from April 2018.

LOFFCA flyer publication still ongoing with John Pope.

AT management of the Pike Championships has been resolved with Andy Jackson appointed to run future events on behalf of AT.

Speaker and Angling Trust Report

Kelvin reported on a number of National Issues been driven by the Trust.

Priority Catchments                            Link

Agriculture Reform                            Link

Angling Improvement Fund               Link

Drought Management                        Link

Project Dry Presentation                    Link

National Otter Seminar                       Link

Must of this focussed on Abstraction reform and the need to better manage of our water.

Several papers were referred to and are available from the links

Environment Agency Chris Middleton

See separate report here

After much consultation by the EA, Earith sluice was finally opened to allow a managed flow into the Counter Drain to overcome the DO issues, being managed by the EA during recent weeks. This has however been stopped currently due to lack of available water in the Ouse.

Water Resources Committee

It was felt that this would be much better served if it was replaced by a section covering feedback from the proposed Cam and Ely Ouse Priority Catchment delegate. Kelvin agreed to represent the group going forward.

Local Issues

There remains concern with the RSPB WEG grant application of the Ouse Washes to remove tree growth adjacent to the river Delph. Members felt this provided vital habitat for fish and predatory protection. Kelvin agreed to write to Ian Hirst EA for any views the agency may have and potential for science to support this.

After discussion the group felt that it may want to apply for a catchment group bid for FIP funding, as recently undertaken by the Upper Ouse Consultative. This could focus on a number of initiatives, but controlled spraying of weed killer could be one, a crucian pond scheme could be another. All members were asked to take this away for future discussion.

Ouse Washes Section 10 bank works. Members have been notified that again this summer the works area will be closed for public access and as such no fishing allowed.

Date of next meeting 1st Oct 2018

Meeting closed 21:15

LOFFCA 1st Oct 2018Lower Ouse & Fenland Fisheries Consultative Association  Meeting on Monday …

Lower Ouse & Fenland Fisheries Consultative Association

 Meeting on Monday 1st October 2018 Heron House Ely at 7.15 pm.

 Established 2004                                                                                         Angling Trust membership number 631

 Those attending:

R Hiom, Colin Dodd (Treasurer), Chris Middleton (EA),

Alan Leonard (Histon AC), Peter Mottram, Neil Everard (SWAC),Tony Brooks (EBAC), Mark Leach (USSC), Andrew Stockton (MAC), Kelvin Allen, Richard West (LAPS)

1.2) Apologies: .

Paul Frost, Mark Easey, Alan Nelson, John Pope, Terry Easey, Norman Knightley, Woolf Cooke, Ash Brown.

  • The meeting with the evacuation procedure and a listing of
  • The previous minutes were accepted as a good
  • One matter arising was the acceptance of the latest issue of the LOFFCA Agreed.
  • Richard West speaking on the award to Glen Smithson (LAPS) as River Restoration River Champion 2018.

Richard spoke fully about Glen Smithson’s work spanning ten years of work between Lackford and Barton Mills. The river now approaches the original course it took 100 years ago. Local plants and gravel sourced cheaply and locally managed a lot more work to be done. Junior trout are now more plentiful and crayfish management since 2001 is an example as a standard procedure worldwide now and has been used as such. Trapping at Barton Mills produces less than 300 per period. It used to be 15,000. Much interested discussion followed.

  • Kelvin Allen as AT Regional Chairman reported a reduction in licence sales of 14% and the proposed tracking of fish in the Broads. There has been an uptake of volunteers from an emailing

There will be a Flood Defence two year study on the drainage and replenish of the Washes. National AT: a tender has been issued for the running of the Forums etc. within AT. Lastly the discussion on Pennywort control has raised the issue of LOFFCA moving its boundary to the West towards the A1 road.

  • Chris Middleton’s EA details will be forwarded separately as attached to this minute’s There is a host of info in it. Chris again asked for match results to be sent to him as these are a good indicator of the status of rivers. In particular Paul Frost of Littleport as an indicator of the main centre of the river. RH to mail Paul to ask him to contact Chris direct (9 Oct).

 A day after the meeting Chris sent me details of clubs in the “new” area towards the A1:

St Neots & District Fish preservation & Angling Society Offord & Buckden Angling Society

Brampton Angling Club (think this club might be close to folding due to lack of members) St Ives Angling Society

There may be more when we look around.

  • Under Water Resources and Local Issues Kelvin Allen raised the issue of abstractors and the general abstraction situation. This is going to be escalated to Helen Smith at the next Anglian Fisheries Management meeting.

Colin Dodd that at the Old Bedford DO meetings RSPB want tree cuts. This is complicated by the fact that the water is not a flood defence issue or main water course.

Also, Littleport and KLAA complain of signage damage after EA bank work. Chris Middleton offered to investigate but requires details. RH to mail Paul to ask him to contact Chris direct (9 Oct).

Colin also wants information on problems of phosphates if any one has any. This data is needed for Watercare meetings.

  • AOB: 2019 meetings will be

Mondays                    7 January

8 April………… nb: second Monday for Bury St Edmunds to attend.

1 July

7 October

Mark Leach reported the fact that goosanders are nesting locally to Cambridge. These birds are predatory to fish. Local news in Cambridge is buzzing with sightings!

Meeting closed 9.45pm

Next meeting 7th January 2019

and a very Happy Christmas and a Healthy and Happy New Year

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Broads Angling Services Group

 

LOFFCA 1st July 2019Lower Ouse & Fenland Fisheries Consultative Association: Meeting Held Monday …

Lower Ouse & Fenland Fisheries Consultative Association:

Meeting Held Monday 1st July 2019 Heron House Ely at 7.15pm.

Established 2004                                                                                                 Angling Trust Membership Number: 631

1.1, The meeting was informed of the evacuation procedure by Chris Middleton (EA).

1.2, Apologies of absence:

Neil Everad (SWAC), Mark Leach (USSC).

Those attending:

Richard Hiom (Chairman), Colin Dodd (Treasurer), Chris Middleton (EA), Al Thompson EA Enforcement), Kelvin Allen (Angling Trust Forum Chair), Andrew Stockton (MAC), Terry Easy (CAAS), Graham Carter (SWAC), Alan Leonard, Norman Knightley (Histon AC), Alan Nelson (WAC), Richard West (LAPS), Tony Brooks (EBAC), John Pope (CFPAS), Peter Mottram (SWAC).

2, Minutes of previous meeting and Action points:

Minutes agreed and no changes needed.

3, Matters Arising:

Richard talked about the Black Cat roundabout / road upgrade how it was hoped it would help with traffic in the future.

4, Data Protection:

Richard has worked on this not only for LOFFCA but his lodge and has it sorted for the group. Richard would bring a Privacy Note hopefully to the next meeting which all members will need to read and sign and returned which will be kept on record. We can hold a circulation list but it must be protected from others, a compliant system. Part of this would cover the fact that the circulation list is not to be copied or forwarded to anybody outside the group membership.

5, AT East Anglian Forum – Kelvin Allen:

The new National Angling Strategy 2019 / 2024 has been released by the Environment Agency with input from many different organisations and the Angling Trust – There are 6 Objectives and one can see it by going on the following website https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/refresh/media/original/40363-angling-for-good-national-angling-strategy-2019.pdf

RSPCA  – New Policy’s looking at banning Angling and Horse Racing.

12th June Forum Norwich – 55 people attended which was very good.

Hoverton Great Broad – Bio Manipulation where the water has no fish and is managed with chemicals. Currently after radio transmitters were attached to the fish mainly Bream showed that the fish when breeding move a long way 15 km to this area so would be devastating to the fish population. The Angling Trust through Fish Legal will be looking at this to see what can be done to stop it.

River Nene – Cormorant watch from Peterborough to Wellingborough, Ferry Meadows is in crisis over cormorants and something needs to be done – By doing this watch we can challenge the numbers which Natural England report, they are also not issuing shooting licence’s.

Date: Eastern Regional Shield Middle Level Drain 8th September 2019.

6, Chris Middleton EA Fisheries Officer.

18 x River Surveys to be carried out, Upper Cam has finished being surveyed.

Been carrying out some Gravel Jetting on the River Ouse to create spawning areas, as the work was carried out the fish were coming on to the areas completed – this equipment can also be loaned from the EA by clubs.

50,000 baby Barbel have been put into the river, some 10.000 in the River Ivel these fish are breed at Calverton Fish Farm.

Two cat fish were removed from one lake and transferred to an another fully enclosed lake that has a licence to keep cat fish.

The EA Team have been involved with helping out CFPAS LTD and Cambourne fishing clubs at their fishing events they are all about getting more people into fishing.

Over the weekend of joint operation with Police and Voluntary Bailiff’s 13 tickets have been issued for various offences such as no rod licence. Please contact the Enforcement Team if you would like them to go on patrol with your club bailiff’s.

Please advise any of your bailiff’s ect to always report offences if you think they are happening as if not reported then they don’t know about it.

The Enforcement Team were successful in bidding to DEFRA for night sight cameras, cameras.

7, Water Resources Committee.

There is already a shortage of water around the Ouse Washes.

There is a lot of Floating Penny Wort on the River Cam at Bottisham.

8, Local Issues.

None reported.

9, Any Other Business.

9.1, The business cards and leaflets are being dealt with by Richard and John.

9.2, Richard, Kelvin – Essex and Suffolk Patch covered and working well.

Richard has a new email address as  secretary.loffca@gmail.com

Payments as agreed at AGM of £10.00 per organisation if they could be paid asap and Colin will update the list of which clubs have paid.

10, Next Meeting Monday 7th October 2019 – 7pm for a 7.15pm start.

 

John Pope

NWWCA Forum 10th April 2021Minutes of Consultative Meeting held on 10th Apr 2021 Present …

Minutes of Consultative Meeting held on 10th Apr 2021

Present    David Hawley, Kelvin Allen, Hugh Bunker, Seumas Halliday, John Wadham, Andrew Pattison, Martin Barnett, Chris Reeds, Brain Balderson, Neil Stafford

Apologies Ray Torrington, Ray Richardson, Chris French, Howard Neal

Matters arising from the previous meeting

Illegal activities on the Grand Union around Northampton. Still is still ongoing with Paul Thomas set arrange a joint patrol once covid restrictions allow.

David has sent a letter of thanks to the guys at Calverton for their work supporting our fisheries.

Regional/National AT update.

Kelvin presented the following:

 

Broads Hoveton Great Broad legal action with the EA and NE

A permit consultation closed on the 6th April.

BASG & AT responded and re-engaged with Fish Legal

 

Further meeting with Tony Juniper NE has stated that Carp and Bream will be targeted from all protected habitats across England, with a new policy paper being adopted by NE.

This looks like a battle royal going forward.

 

Kelvin representing Angling on a new Fenland Reservoir Partnership with AWS

 

CSO’s some progress on constraining their use with government action

Anglers against Pollution campaign. Closer linkages with River Trust on Environment Delivery and Monitoring via Citizen Science

 

AT Signed 2 yr extension to the NASS contract with the EA

Strengthened Participation Team to 7 with more rounded delivery into clubs and fisheries

FMA work continues

Additional 2 FTE to work on bio-security measures with Emily Smith

AIF additional grants coming through for 2021 (Mark Wilton Retires)

Regional Enforcement Officers additional day per week

VBS enhanced to 700 volunteers

Nenescape hours on Building Bridges team integrated

 

Virtual Fisheries Forum | Angling Club Development: Fishmark & the Get Fishing Award

Wednesday 28th April 2021 Start time: 7:00pm

Open to all. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 

Eastern Regional Shield Competition 12th Sept Bargate Drain Boston.

Kelvin explained a joint project he and John Wadham had secured funding from Essex and Suffolk Water looking at the science and habitats supporting Killer Shrimp in the Trinity Broads in Norfolk.

Nenescape

Free Digital Training via the Nenescape Partnership

Move your club into the 21st Centaury

 

Digital Archiving DIY                                       Monday 19th April 10:30 am

Tell and Own Your Story                                 Tuesday 20th April 10:30 am

Understanding Websites                                Wednesday 21st April 2:00 pm

Marketing to Make a Difference                    Friday 23rd April 10:30 am

Digital Clinic                                                    Monday 26th April or 27th April

 

These courses are offered free to clubs across the Nene Valley. To register look at:

https://onetoonedevelopment.org/making-the-most-of-it/?fbclid=IwAR09nqzNsMcvEALQoGiYW5NzSluL1HtAohah3BFQS_l0M4FYYMyV_NN6hbM

Coaching to continue in 2021 and 2022 program agreed with CRT.

 

We have launched an evaluation survey and supporting video looking at the objectives and achievements of the program. The video is available to view here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k42nIIvU2QQ

It was agreed that all members of the consultative should take part in the survey to provide feedback on this significant 4 year project .  The survey link is https://forms.gle/UmzzdtKbKvSxnAuW8

 

Kelvin has copies of a flyer advertising this as below and will be distributing these to the coaches and clubs  in the coming weeks.

 

Future Meeting Format/Day/Time etc

David invited attendees to share their thoughts on options for future meetings. The majority of people opting for one annual face to face meeting and three virtual zoom meetings. The face to face being held on a Saturday in Nene House (Covid permitting) and the zoom meetings held on a Wednesday evening starting from 19:00 with an open catch-up and the formal meeting starting at 19:30 – 21:30.

EA Update

Hugh Bunker provided a verbal update on the work of the FBG team. Sadly Hugh is still awaiting back surgery and is on light duties. He reported that enforcement seemed relatively quite across the area, with sound progress on more staff obtaining warrants, leading to now 5.5 warranted officers across the Area. A remarkable near 400% increase in available FEO’s across Northants and Lincs.

The area has successfully delivered some £30,000 FIP grants to local clubs and fisheries in the past 12 months, despite covid restrictions.

Jake Reeds has completed his survey work on the lower Nene and will be releasing a video shortly. Jake is also working on a Pike spawning survey and resultant video, plus some stllwater surveys are planned for local clubs.

A further 17,000 fish have been placed on order from Calverton for the coming year and stocking program.

Welland Catchment Report

Chis sent in a very full 21-page report on the work of the WRT.

This is available from here.

 

Club Updates

Wellingborough

After lockdown one, the club saw an unprecidented rise in membership of around 45%. This put footfall at some fisheries up by 80 – 100%. Anglers were waiting for swims to be vacated, with our 55 peg commercial fishery accommodating up to 90 anglers /day. This lead to water quality issues, which we got through with a liitle luck and my bailiffs running our aeration pumps flat out for over a week. When ambient air temperatures fell we were very relieved.

Being restricted to the internet and telephone I spent a lot of time investigating the use of renewable energy for water oxygenation. The outcome was an application to the EA for a grant for help with installing a solar powered oxygenation and monitoring system on our commercial fishery. (Hugh was involved and can update you)

We have maintained our level of membership, particularly juniors and our coaching team, working with CRT, have provided probably the highest number of coaching sessions during the year.

Work parties are spending a lot of time improving road and swim access in most of our fisheries.  We have completed installing over 30 platforms on the most popular stretch of the river at Ringstead, and contractors improved vehicular to all the platformed pegs and further round Barkers lake. We intend to improve access to all pegs on Barkers lake in the coming months.

I better stop there, as you will need to fit a lot into your meeting.

Best wishes Howard

 

Deeping St James

Thanks to Jake Reeds for supplying  recent Welland fish survey videos,  Bream video has had 8200 views  and Roach video 5200 views on our You Tube Channel.

Again many thanks to Jake Reeds for Horseshoe Lake depth and fish survey. although a little late in the year for definitive fish data due to lake flooding, lots of useful depth information.

Hopefully getting the raw sonar files from Jake for further analysis by the club to look at lake bottom and snag areas. More floating islands completed and installed at Horseshoe Lake, proving a very good habitat improvement.

Horseshoe lake saw unprecedented flooding  for 2 months over xmas and new year, work parties underway to clean up and prepare for new season. Project underway to move electric fence and security camera electrics to secure watertight container with self-maintaining solar powered system.

Tale end of the rivers season saw lots of anglers on the banks of the Nene and Welland with some good catches and good size pike caught at Crowland.

Our water keeper and bailiff phone app proving very useful for reporting and promoting fish catches  on Facebook. See example – https://www.facebook.com/deepingstjamesac/posts/3002274593350805  – Water keeper & Bailiff catch reports are posted on Facebook 10 minutes after the report is filed.

(Think Ray Torrington mentioned this at the last meeting more info as background  – here – https://www.deepingstjamesanglingclub.co.uk/day-tickets/water-keeper-checks/ )

Fish Refuge currently getting attention to repair roadways after flooding, and large tree has been removed. Project underway to dredge inlet and outlet channel again as they are silted up.

Membership renewals underway and  very healthy renewal rates with a waiting list for Horseshoe Lake. Over 95% members now paying on-line, and we have seen very good increase in on-line day ticket purchases, probably due to Covid issues around handling cash.

Think this covers most of it.  Regards Ray

Peterborough

John Newman sent in the following report here.

Hugh agreed to look into the tree clearance issue highlighted by John within his report.

Action Hugh Bunker

Boston

Bryan reported membership growth of 11%, with some sound fishing across the drains. His club bailiff team remains a  strong presence on their waters and in general they don’t now have a problem with poaching. But feels that the poachers have moved to free waters of the IDB’s. The club has benefitted from strong support from the EA and weed management has been good for the past season.

Northampton Nene

Neil highlighted that the club has received a compulsory purchase order for their riparian rights on the Nene Brampton Arm for road development. They have engaged with Fish Legal on this matter. The club now looks in a sound position going forward, despite Neil standing down as secretary shortly and the sad loss of two committee members in the past year.

 

Stillwater Reports

John provided a compressive written update for the meeting here.

 

Seumas gave a report on Pitsford and Ravensthorpe

Pitsford and Ravensthorpe.

All Anglian Water trout fisheries opened on April 1st (about a month later than normal).

Pitsford’s rod average for the first four days of the season was 12.55. Fish were found to be already feeding heavily on buzzers in the top 6 feet of the water. 10,000 trout have been stocked so far. Various methods are accounting for fish, from floating lines and small black or olive buzzers to intermediates and sinkers with favourites such as the Pitsford Pea catching.

Ravensthorpe: In the same period, the rod average was even more impressive, 17.5. The stocking programme at Ravensthorpe started in January and the fish are silver and well mended. Many of the fish being caught are 3lb plus with some much larger specimens showing. We had a social day there on Tuesday and most boats were well into double figures on buzzers and Pitsford Pea.

Mid Northants Trout Fishers Association https://mntfa.co.uk/

The club arranged has a full schedule of weekend matches at Midlands fisheries and an extra one at Elinor. The first three will be catch and release, because of COVID restrictions.

We also have popular social days on Tuesdays most weeks at various venues including some new ones.

Once COVID restrictions have been lifted we hope to coordinate visits to fisheries further afield.

Member numbers are healthy.

Monthly sessions at  Pitsford Lodge re-start on 24 April through to 9 October, offering outdoor coaching such as casting and tackle advice, until indoor activities are possible. This programme, with COVID measures, has been supported by an award from the Angling Improvement Fund.

Booking is online through https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/138596751615

Seumas Halliday 9th April 2021

AOB

All thought the zoom experience worked well and it could a solution for further meetings.

The date of our next meeting:

30th June 2021 19:00 for 19:30 via zoom

NWWCA Forum 20th April 2022Minutes of Consultative Meeting held on 20th April 2022  via …

Minutes of Consultative Meeting held on 20th April 2022  via Zoom

Present  David Hawley, Kelvin Allen,  Seumas Halliday, John Wadham,  Chris Reeds, Andrew Pattison, Brian Balderson, Don Moore, Viktor Yzikas, Simon Bonney, Darin Alberry, Mike Storey, Sam Richardson

Apologies Oliver Smith, Ray Torrington & Hugh Bunker

Matters arising from the previous meeting 

Darren agreed to distribute a listing of vacant EA riverine fisheries across the area. This is still outstanding and proving difficult to collate with estates. But will be completed in the next week or so.

John Wadham to raise the issue of holding a valid rod licence at a future AWS liaison meeting. Ongoing discussion.

John Wadham to contact Emily Smith Environment Lead at AT  with regard to the changes in reservoir ecology. Completed

 Regional/National AT update.

Kelvin presented the following: See Link

Kelvin highlighted the resultant impact from the loss of FEO warranted officers, due to ill health. Furtively the AT relationships with the Police Wildlife Crime teams, have helped fill the gap in legal enforcement actions. This along with some excellent work by our voluntary bailiffs are continuing to make progress on this continuing element of illegal angling practices. He highlighted the recent award for Roy Bridson from Whittlesea and his community work within VBS.

Much has been in the news in the state of our rivers recently and Kelvin highlighted the need to keep the pressure on. The angling trust has it’s own Anglers Against Pollution Campaign promoting the issue.

Nenescape

Kelvin talked about the 2022 program which will consist of a full 22 event coaching program the same as 2021.

He has secured a further grant from within Nenescape to deliver a series of events at Chester House near Wellingborough this summer, looking at health and wellbeing and the angling heritage within the Nene Valley.

EA Update 

Darin Alberry is the recently promoted technical specialist fishery officer for the N&L area.

Darin explained his background in fishery management, right across the world and comes to the area, after a 4 year sint in the midlands as an EA fishery officer.

Using a lengthy detailed report attached provided by Hugh Bunker, Darin gave an insight into his vision and objectives for fisheries across Northants and Lincs. It available here.

Catchment Reports

Simon Bonney presented a detailed report on many enhancements across the Welland.

report here

Viktor gave an update on two projects on the Nene, resilient rivers program.

See https://www.riverneneregionalpark.org/projects/nene-catchment-partnership-ncp/

Seamus & Don – Mid Nothants Fly Fishes

The team delivered a successful contribution at last weekend’s Kelmarsh show, Don was disappointed that despite previous support from AT on this event, nothing was forthcoming this year. Kelvin agreed to investigate with James Roche.  Fishing report is here.

AP Kelvin to investigate and report back

Stillwater Reports

John provided a compressive update to the meeting as attached. He highlighted the recent study in invertebrates undertaken and how the ecology of the reservoir has evolved over time.  He also discussed the recent policy from AWS to ban fishing some the South Dam at Grafham Water. Johns Report Here

Andrew – Nene Anglers

He reported the club had welcomed a meeting with Paul Thomas recently and put VBS into a good light. He also wanted the promote a new team competition being held on the Nene on the 16th July 2022 named the Middle Nene Team Championships See attached notice.

Chris – Grantham Fisheries

Chris has agreed to represent the club at the forum and is assisting the club with mentoring, coaching and on habitat improvements.

Brian – Boston and District

Brian highlighted the moves within the club on coaching development and local ongoing support from lincs police on a number of fronts.

AOB None

The date of our next meeting:

11th June 10:00 Kettering Face to Face (Subject to EA agreement)

Location Nene House Nene House, Pytchley Lodge road,

Kettering, NN15 6JQ

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Relief Channel 2018Great Ouse Relief Channel 2018 Survey undertaken Aug- – Sep …2

Great Ouse Relief Channel 2018 Survey undertaken Aug- – Sep 2018

Ely Ouse 2019Environment Agency – East Anglia (West) Ely Ouse Hydroacoustic Survey …1

Environment Agency – East Anglia (West) Ely Ouse Hydroacoustic Survey 04/06/2019 – 07/06/2019

Ely Ouse 2018Environment Agency East Anglia (West) Ely Ouse Hydroacoustic Survey 15th …1

Environment Agency East Anglia (West) Ely Ouse Hydroacoustic Survey 15th – 17th of May 2018

Ely Ouse 2017This report provides a summary of results from fish population …

This report provides a summary of results from fish population surveys conducted in 2017 on the Ely Ouse.

River Thet 20182018 report provides a summary of results from the population …6

2018 report provides a summary of results from the population surveys conducted on the River Thet between Snetterton and Thetford.

River Nene 20182018 report provides a brief summary of results from recent …5

2018 report provides a brief summary of results from recent fish population surveys on the River Nene, from its tributaries above Northampton down to the tidal limit at the Dog in a Doublet Sluice east of Peterborough.

Relief Channel 20192019 survey of the Relief Channel indicate that fish stocks …2

2019 survey of the Relief Channel indicate that fish stocks were more tightly aggregated than observed in
2018 with the bulk of stock observed in two distinct areas:
1: Downham Market to Stowbridge
2: St Germans to Saddlebow

River Great Ouse 20172017 fish population surveys conducted on the River Great Ouse …2

2017 fish population surveys conducted on the River Great Ouse between Newport Pagnell and Bedford.

River Great Ouse 20182018 report provides a summary of results from recent fish …2

2018 report provides a summary of results from recent fish population surveys conducted on the River Great Ouse between Bedford to Brampton.

River Yare 2019River Yare based on hydro acoustic data obtained overnight 2nd …

River Yare based on hydro acoustic data obtained overnight 2nd ~ 3rd October 2019. Data were collected on an upstream run starting at Reedham and ending at Trowse

River Wensum 20192019 report provides a summary of results from recent fish …3

2019 report provides a summary of results from recent fish population surveys on the River Wensum between Fakenham and Hellesdon.

River Gipping 20192019 report provides a summary of results from recent fish …4

2019 report provides a summary of results from recent fish population surveys on the River Gipping between Stowmarket and Ipswich.

Lower River Cam 20192019 report provides a summary of results from recent fish …5

2019 report provides a summary of results from recent fish population surveys on the River Cam between Cambridge and Upware.

Lower Great Ouse 20192019 report provides a summary of results from recent fish …5

2019 report provides a summary of results from recent fish population surveys on the River Great Ouse between Brampton and Earith.

Fen Drains 20192019 summary of results from recent fish population surveys on …4

2019 summary of results from recent fish population surveys on the Fen Drains within the Lincolnshire & Northern Cambridgeshire area. Starting north of the River Nene, the surveys stretch to the foot of the Lincolnshire Wolds. Drains surveyed include the North Level, South Holland, South Forty Foot and the Boston Drains.

River Pant Survey 20172017 fish population surveys on the River Pant between Great …2

2017 fish population surveys on the River Pant between Great Bardfield and Bocking.

River Colne Survey 20172017 fish population surveys on the River Colne between Colchester …4

2017 fish population surveys on the River Colne between Colchester and Great Yeldham.

River Brett Survey 20182018 fish population surveys on the River Brett between Monks …2

2018 fish population surveys on the River Brett between Monks Eleigh and Higham.

River Blackwater Survey 20172-17 fish population surveys on the River Blackwater between Stisted …1

2-17 fish population surveys on the River Blackwater between Stisted FGS and Stock Hall.

Middle River Stour Survey 20182018 fish population surveys on the River Stour between Sudbury …5

2018 fish population surveys on the River Stour between Sudbury and Higham.

Match Catch Data 2004-2020 Beford Ouse2004-2020 Match Catch data  from the Great Ouse – Newport …2

2004-2020 Match Catch data  from the Great Ouse – Newport Pagnell to Bedford

Relief Channel 20212021 fish population survey of the Relief Channel between Denver …6

2021 fish population survey of the Relief Channel between Denver and Saddlebow.

Ely Ouse 20212021 hydro acoustic fish population survey conducted on the Ely …2

2021 hydro acoustic fish population survey conducted on the Ely Ouse between Popes Corner and Denver.

River Ant 2021Hydro acoustic Survey Map  River Ant 20211

Hydro acoustic Survey Map  River Ant 2021

Nene Electric Survey Video 2021Jake Reeds explains the worrk undertaken upstream electric fishing on …1

Jake Reeds explains the worrk undertaken upstream electric fishing on the Upper Nene Catchment.

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River Nene Bream Survey Peterborough Centre to Elton 2021

 

Fen Drains, 2019/2020Fish population surveys on the Fen Drains within the Lincolnshire …3

Fish population surveys on the Fen Drains within the Lincolnshire & Northern Cambridgeshire area.

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Upper ChUpper Chelmer River 2019 Great Dunmow to Chelmsford

Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation 2019River Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation 2019 Chelmsford and Langford.2

River Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation 2019 Chelmsford and Langford.

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Great Ouse Relief Channel Denver – Saddlebow

LOFFCA 7th Oct 2019Lower Ouse & Fenland Consultative Association: Meeting Held Monday 7th …

Lower Ouse & Fenland Consultative Association:

Meeting Held Monday 7th October 2019

1.1, The meeting was informed of the evacuation procedure by Chris Middleton (EA)

1.2, Apologies of Absence:

Richard West (LAPS), Tony Brooks (EBAC), Mark Leech (USSC), Alan Leonard (HAC).

Those Attending:

Richard Hiom (Chairman), Colin Dodd (Treasurer), Chris Middleton (EA), Peter Mottram (SWAC), Neil Everard (SWAC), Norman Knightley (HAC), Alan Nelson (WAC), Terry Easy (CAAS), Andrew Stockton (MAC), John Pope (CFPAS), Kelvin Allen (AT).

2, Minutes of previous meeting and Action Points:

New email address as listed on minutes not in use as yet, use Richards old existing one.

Richard had sent an email around to chase up the £10.00 payments as agreed at AGM, most have now paid.

Data Protection Manuel was shown for people to have a look, some bits still to be completed. Privacy Notices were sent round the meeting for each person to sign and then returned to Richard to place in the file.

A couple of miner amendments needed on Minutes, named of attendance which was missed Peter Mottram (SWAC), Graham Carter (SWAC). Word Compliant corrected.

Business cards and letter heads to be looked at early January as JP problems with computer going wrong / Happy if somebody would like to take it on.

3, Matters Arising:

Nothing raised.

4, Speaker:

No speaker.

5, AT East Anglian Forum – Kelvin Allen.

New AT CEO in place a Jamie Cook.

AT Nenescape Project has added 2 new members Dusan Kovacik from Nottingham and Dave Beecroff from Cambridge.

Kelvin has joined the Water Resources East Committee.

Hoverton Great Broad debate continues with Natural England, this has been proved to be illegal.

IT Innovations being piloted on Water Abstraction on the River Lark where Priority Catchment’s manage the water abstractions with EA support.

50th Annual Eastern Regional Shield held on the Middle Level 8th September, team IMAGF won this is now 3 years on the bounce.

VBS Phase 2 for Cambs & Beds has been adopted which has deemed a further extension to 5-year pilot.

6, Chris Middleton EA Fisheries Officer:

Looked at the chart outlining the surveys which have taken place.

Looked at a number of fish caught during the surveys and the various events they have attended with angling clubs.

Chris will send an email out with further information enclosed with links.

7, Water Resources Committee.

Nothing to report.

8, Local Issues:

The Section 10 Works, during November some getting their access back. Some part on the River Delph given back but not the car park.

Sluice Gate closed on the Old Bedford / Welney.

9, A.O.B.

Otters still are still creating a problem but nothing can be done about them at this time.

Beavers being stocked into Scotland.

In February (should receive an email) a IMF Plant Control Event will be held in conjunction with the EA.

10, Next Meeting – 6th January 2020 / 7pm for a 7.15pm start.

 

Ely Ouse 2022Lower Great Ouse Survey Report 2022 Ely – Denver6

Lower Great Ouse Survey Report 2022 Ely – Denver

River Bure 2011This report was prepared in draft form by an Environment …

This report was prepared in draft form by an Environment Agency employee at the time of the data collection. It has been reviewed and prepared for publication by the current Analysis and Reporting Team in 2021. The facts and conclusions are valid as far as can be determined.

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2009 four hydroacoustic surveys were carried out in the River Bure, spread throughout the year to assess seasonal differences in distribution. These data were partially written up in a draft report at the time but the report is too incomplete to release in that form. Instead, a summary of the data was prepared in 2021 and is presented here.

River Bure 2008This report was prepared in draft form by an Environment …

This report was prepared in draft form by an Environment Agency employee at the time of the data collection. It has been reviewed and prepared for publication by the current Analysis and Reporting Team in 2021. The facts and conclusions are valid as far as can be determined.

River Bure 2005This report was prepared in draft form by an Environment …

This report was prepared in draft form by an Environment Agency employee at the time of the data collection. It has been reviewed and prepared for publication by the current Analysis and Reporting Team in 2021. The facts and conclusions are valid as far as can be determined.

River Bure 2004This report was prepared in draft form by an Environment …1

This report was prepared in draft form by an Environment Agency employee at the time of the data collection. It has been reviewed and prepared for publication by the current Analysis and Reporting Team in 2021. The facts and conclusions are valid as far as can be determined.

River Thurne 2009This report was prepared in draft form by an Environment …1

This report was prepared in draft form by an Environment Agency employee at the time of the data collection. It has been reviewed and prepared for publication by the current Analysis and Reporting Team in 2021. The facts and conclusions are valid as far as can be determined.

River Thurne 2008This report was prepared in draft form by an Environment …

This report was prepared in draft form by an Environment Agency employee at the time of the data collection. It has been reviewed and prepared for publication by the current Analysis and Reporting Team in 2021. The facts and conclusions are valid as far as can be determined.

River Thurne 2006This report was prepared in draft form by an Environment …

This report was prepared in draft form by an Environment Agency employee at the time of the data collection. It has been reviewed and prepared for publication by the current Analysis and Reporting Team in 2021. The facts and conclusions are valid as far as can be determined.

River Thurne 2005This report was prepared in draft form by an Environment …

This report was prepared in draft form by an Environment Agency employee at the time of the data collection. It has been reviewed and prepared for publication by the current Analysis and Reporting Team in 2021. The facts and conclusions are valid as far as can be determined.

River Thurne 2004This report was prepared in draft form by an Environment …

This report was prepared in draft form by an Environment Agency employee at the time of the data collection. It has been reviewed and prepared for publication by the current Analysis and Reporting Team in 2021. The facts and conclusions are valid as far as can be determined.

River Ant 2011Hydroacoustic surveys cover the entire section of the river contiguously. …1

Hydroacoustic surveys cover the entire section of the river contiguously. They start and end at Ant mouth (confluence of the river Ant with the Bure), reaching Wayford bridge at the most upstream extent.

River Ant 2006This report was prepared in draft form by an Environment …

This report was prepared in draft form by an Environment Agency employee at the time of the data collection. It has been reviewed and prepared for publication by the current Analysis and Reporting Team in 2022. The facts and conclusions are valid as far as can be determined.

River Ant 2004This report was prepared in draft form by an Environment …

This report was prepared in draft form by an Environment Agency employee at the time of the data collection. It has been reviewed and prepared for publication by the current Analysis and Reporting Team in 2022. The facts and conclusions are valid as far as can be determined.

NWWCA Forum 30th June 2021Minutes of Consultative Meeting held on 30th Jun 2021 Present …

Minutes of Consultative Meeting held on 30th Jun 2021

Present    Sam Richardson, David Hawley, Kelvin Allen, Darren Randell, Seumas Halliday, John Wadham, Viktor Tzikas, Martin Barnett, Chris Reeds, Ray Torrington, Ray Richardson, Chris French, Paul Thomas (AT)

Apologies Hugh Bunker, Andrew Pattison, Brian Balderson, Paul Douglas, Don Moore, John Newman

Matters arising from the previous meeting

Illegal activities on the Grand Union around Northampton. Paul Thomas reported that there remains little formal evidence as zero reports are lodged with either EA, Police or VBS. He has however run some joint patrols with all parties doing the close season with no illegal activities seen.

David wrote to the Grimsthorpe Estate  in terms of the loss of angling at the venue. It appears this is an estate decision and they have no plans for the return of angling at this country park site. (It hasn’t got any SAC designation)

Regional/National AT update.

Kelvin presented the following:

Broads Hoveton Great Broad legal action with the EA and NE

BASG & AT responded and re-engaged with Fish Legal

NE has stated that Carp and Bream will be targeted from all protected habitats across England, with a new policy paper being adopted by NE and now challenged by AT.

Kelvin representing Angling on a new Fen Reservoir Partnership with AWS

CSO’s some progress on constraining their use with government action

Anglers against Pollution campaign

Closer linkages with River Trust on Environment Delivery and Monitoring via Citizen Science

Eastern Regional Shield Competition 12th Sept Bargate Drain Boston Anglers against

Paul Thomas gave an update on VBS and Enforcement of which across this spring VBS provided some 778 patrols and 1530 manhours of voluntary effort across the region. This resulted in 49 incidents reported with 30 of these passed through to either Police or EA.

He has organised many joint patrols over the closed season with excellent support from both Police and EA. Little evidence of illegal activity has been found during these patrols. He continues to visit police offering training on fisheries enforcement. Indeed one chief constable has now agreed to engage their PSO’s in SAFFA licence checks, which it is hoped a policy that follow in other forces, freeing up EA officers for more complex work.

Nenescape

We have launched an evaluation survey and supporting video looking at the objectives and achievements of the program. The video is available to view here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k42nIIvU2QQ

It was agreed that all members of the consultative should take part in the survey to provide feedback on this significant 4 year project .  The survey link is https://forms.gle/UmzzdtKbKvSxnAuW8

Kelvin presented the early results from the survey which is struggling to gain momentum in its uptake. If we wish to attract these sort of funds to assist in angling development, then we must demonstrate the benefits of such funds, else angling will never progress forward.

The survey and video are now both available directly from the Angling Trust East of England Facebook Page, so please share across the respective clubs social media. https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FAnglingTrustEastEnglandRegion%2Fposts%2F1489286384751838

EA Update

Darren Randell provided a verbal update on the work of the FBG team. Sadly Hugh is still awaiting back surgery and is on light duties. He reported that enforcement seemed relatively quite across the area, with sound progress on more staff obtaining warrants.

In terms of enforcement across the area, across Northants there has been 35 patrols and in Lincs 37 patrols with only 3 offences reported from these.

The ongoing Environmental Damage claim following the Witham pollution incident in 2018. This legal notice has now been served on Omex for a period of 10 years to replace lost and enhance habitat on the Witham. Whilst an enforcement action is awaiting court.

The area has successfully obtained £25,500 FIP grants for 3 further projects this year.

There has been a large volume of incidents relating to low DO and extreme weather last month. Both the Welland and Witham have been impacted.

A further 18,500 fish have been placed on order from Calverton for the coming year and stocking program.

Darren agreed to distribute a listing of vacant EA riverine fisheries across the area.

Action DR.

Welland Catchment Report

Chis discussed the work of WCP in restoring fishing rights at Burley Estates with Grantham AA. HE is working with Jake Reeds at the Quash/Welland confluence on future channel works and enhancement.

Nene Catchment Report

Victor highlighted the installation of floating eco islands at the embankment in Wellingborough. Restoration of the Electric Cut in Peterborough has gained all its necessary permits and is awaiting contract.

Club Updates

Deeping St James

Venue Maintenance
Fish Refuge at Stibbington and River Nene at Wansford roadways and car parks resurfaced  with new geotextile and limestone after damage and potholing over several Winters.
Fish Refuge at Stibbington Inlet channel dug out due to silting up over several Winters.
Platforms and bank repairs on the Nene at Wansford completed after Winter floods.
A second phase of floating islands installed at Horseshoe Lake after good results from first phase.

Horseshoe Lake habitat improvement on repaired bank underway, bank reinforcement project continues later in the year. Horseshoe lake solar power project almost complete to power electric fence and new security camera with remote 4g access to both.

Club News
Membership levels currently exceed the high levels seen at this point last year.
Club Day matches recommenced with very good attendance.
Water keepers reactivated for new season using our fish-i phone app for reporting and catch reports on Facebook.  Looking to recruit more water keepers for the Nene area over the season.
Issues
Welland fish deaths, Jake Reeds attended, eutrophication problem again, after some negative EA comments published a web page to inform anglers on bigger/wider issues.
Stimulated a lot of social media discussion, the weed is seen as a failure by the club to remove it or the EA in maintenance.

Ray

Peterborough

John Newman sent in the following report

The big piece of news for P&DAA is our success in being able to secure the fishing rights on the Coronation Channel at Spalding. These rights are granted to us by the Environment Agency and the Association would like to thank the EA staff for their assistance and particularly to Jake Reeds.

The channel is now covered by P&DAA general membership and day tickets both of which must be bought online. The area will be regularly patrolled by Association bailiffs who will ensure the Association’s rules are followed particularly in respect of fish welfare.

 

We continue to hold our rights on the Welland from Four Mile Bar to the Spalding Yacht Club. In common with other users of the Welland we share our concerns of recent fish mortalities but believe Jake investigating this issue and await his findings.

We have also acquired a new stretch of the river Nene close to the A1/A47 junction which had been a notorious area for poaching and out of season fishing. This follows the landowner granting us permission to enforce a period of no fishing thus removing unwanted visitors and protecting their property from criminal damage and anti-social behaviour. This will be members only with no day tickets.

There has been a successful match programme at Ferry Meadows this spring with some promising results. Whilst we have not seen the very large individual bags of bream caught they have been caught quite widely across the two lakes rather than localised areas thus evening out the results making matches more competitive.

Before Covid and Lock down Hugh Bunker kindly surveyed and wrote a report with recommendations of habitat improvements to protect fish from cormorant predation at Ferry Meadows. We are pleased to report Nene Park are happy to do some habitat improvements in line with Hugh’s recommendations.

A further survey to look at the feasibility of re-joining Lynch Lake and Overton Lake was carried out in conjunction with Jake Reeds and a landscaping contractor. Amongst the undergrowth a sluice was found with about a foot difference in the water levels thus making the re-connection of the lake impossible without Lynch Lake draining away completely. It was hoped opening this up may have provided another refuge from predation.

This Sunday (4th July) sees P&DAA host a round of the Riverfest series on the Nene at Orton.

Club matches have been revived this year for those wishing to fish smaller, mostly river based, events for which we have a good level of interest.

The small lake at Orton has been otter fenced at Association expense and the contractor is just finishing off some snagging work to ensure there are no gaps before we add any fish stock. Once fully protected and stocked we aim to recommence junior events at this venue.

Current membership opened on 16th June and already exceeds 500 thus repeating the increase in membership seen last season.

We wish all clubs, societies and associations in the Nene, Welland and Witham catchments the very best for the coming season.

John Newman, P&DAA Secretary

Stillwater Reports

John provided a compressive update to the meeting, which highlighted

Low water temperatures has resulted in significant large brown trout being caught

It is also aided by the new catch and release policy, meaning the stock levels are at their best ever for Rutland water.

Water levels remain high.

John is undertaking a survey of invertebrates around the shoreline to ascertain feeding and habitats.

Seumas gave a report on Pitsford and Ravensthorpe

Pitsford

The recent hot weather took its toll on trout fishing briefly but it has now recovered. The average catch rate in the latest week was 4.75 trout (season average 6.9).

The fishery organises a Tuesday evening session from May to August, where beginners are paired up with experienced anglers (boat fishing).

Predator lure fishing from boats resumed in May and spinning for trout is permitted in July and August.

Ravensthorpe

Weekly figures are not published. The fishing is still reasonably good for the time of year, though catch rates are lower than in April – May. It typically becomes challenging in the Summer as the water heats up. Dry flies and washing line methods are working, depending on the conditions.

Mid Northants Trout Fishers Association News

The club is running its normal competition schedule with social distancing, but no meals afterwards.

Social fishing days are held weekly on Tuesdays from March to June and September to October; mainly at Pitsford and Ravensthorpe.

Membership has increased and is now just over 100.

Our monthly coaching sessions at Pitsford run from April to October. This year they are focussed on casting, tackle tips and watercraft. Kev Rowley has updated our training materials on aquatic invertebrates which is popular with youngsters. We are also providing sessions for Wellingborough Nene AC.

Seumas Halliday

30.06.21

AOB

All thought the zoom experience worked well and it could a solution for further meetings.

The date of our next meeting:

20th or 27th Oct 2021 18:30 for 19:00 via zoom

NWWCA Forum 20th Oct 2021Minutes of Consultative Meeting held on 20th Oct 2021 Present …

Minutes of Consultative Meeting held on 20th Oct 2021

Present    Oliver Smith. Ray Richardson, David Hawley, Kelvin Allen,  Seumas Halliday, John Wadham, Martin Barnett, Chris Reeds, , Paul Thomas (AT) Brian Balderson, Andrew Pattison & Don Moore

Apologies Hugh Bunker, Darren Randell Viktor Tzikas, Ray Torrington, Chris French

Matters arising from the previous meeting

Darren agreed to distribute a listing of vacant EA riverine fisheries across the area. This hasn’t been completed.

Regional/National AT update.

Kelvin presented the following:

 

An update on recent new positions within AT supporting the region, funded through the national support contract with the EA.

Two new region development officers working to James Roche

Tom Humphreys (East Anglia) Tel 07808 779470  email tom.humphreys@anglingtrust.net

David Munt (North East)

Two new Environment Officers working to Emily Smith

Andy Chadwick (South)  Tel 07846251826 Email Andrew.chadwick@anglingtrust.net

Ian Doyle (North)

Kelvin then highlighted some of the work both he and David are taking part in the wider Water Resources East program looking at strategic water demand and supply strategy.

This has scoped a deficient of over 1500 million litres per day by 2050 across East Anglia. So any thoughts of our rivers over abstracted now, means a complete reformation of the whole way we treat and manage water in the  UK. Some presentations from WRE are available on the following link.

Nenescape

Kelvin presented some of the key findings of the recent survey compared with the previous survey undertaken in 2016. This was one of the reference tools used to evaluate the objectives of the project by the HLF.

When compared with the initial survey carried out in 2016, two key questions focus on the objectives of the project and there are some marked changes in scoring.

Integration of anglers

Question 2016 “The nearest angling club to me welcomes anglers from elsewhere in Europe”

Rating average of 2.7 out of 5

Question 2021 “Improved relations with migrate anglers”

Rating average of 3.8 out of 5 (a 42% improvement)

 

Perception of understanding regulations (Rating average)

Question 2016  “Do you perceive that those from continental Europe were less likely to adhere to regulations and bylaws” Rating average of 1.7 out of 5

Question 2021 “ Improved knowledge of angling rules and byelaws”

Rating average of 3.3 out of 5  (a 105% improvement)

Question 2021 “Improved abiding of rules and byelaws”

Rating average of 3.8 out of 5 (a 125% improvement)

The original survey didn’t explore details such as education and coaching specifically, but its very evident these activities have succeeded in driving a change in attitude from home grown anglers and engaged many younger new anglers and their parents into fishing, across communities.

 

Question 2016 “Improved take up by Junior Anglers”

Only 1.6% of respondents where Juniors or engaged in Juniors.

A positive rating average of 3.7 out of 4 in 2021

 

Question 2021 “Wide community engagement” via Coaching

Rating average of4.2 out of 5  (equivalent to 84%)

In 2016 we didn’t specifically ask the same question, but 36% stated some community engagement happened.

 

So despite people consistently stating on social media, that illegal and poaching continues at pace. The reality shows something quite different and an actual improvement in people’s perceptions and attitudes towards European anglers overall.

 

Yes, there is a small minority who do break the rules, but clearly the program has made some significant headway in both club and junior engagement from where it was in 2016 in the way communities integrate.  With the active clubs continuing to develop their own wider programs for schools, communities and the less able, a true positive legacy for Nenescape.

 

EA Update

Sadly the EA couldn’t put a representative forward to attend tonight.

Paul Thomas however gave a detailed insight into enforcement actives and what now turns out to be almost zero warranted officers available across Northants and Lincs, due to staff off long term sick.

Paul Thomas then gave a update on enforcement from the Angling Trust perspective for the area and region. In terms of the VBS it continues at strength and in the last quarter has recorded 11 incidents from 235 patrols covering some 633 hours of voluntary effort. He highlighted the areas that AT now correlate their own intelligence reports across England  and that areas around Spalding and Boston have the greatest issues.

Within Northants and Lincs, these issues have been aided by great support from the respective police forces with 9 successful prosecutions brought by the CPS and police for what are affectively fisheries offences, which should be managed by the Environment Agency.  Paul gave the sorry tale that sadly ¾ of the warranted officers in the Northants and Lincs area are off long term sick and as such there is little agency enforcement activity happening. It has been subject to some escalation already and David Hawley has agreed to arrange a meeting with Thomas Enright to discuss options. Action DH

Kelvin highlighted  that this intelligence is nothing new as 6-7 years back when the agency did produce enforcement  and intelligence reports, the same area’s were highlighted then. Action KA to locate archive reports from 2014-5. See links below.

https://aterforum.co.uk/news-reports-nwwac/item/download/45_929890cbcf4cab17ddfdc803949ac74f

https://aterforum.co.uk/news-reports-nwwac/item/download/43_121daa023b6df61f65b14dd20b382ac4

(Post meeting Helen Smith from East Anglia has stated that they have agreed to support the area for Cat 1 priority incidents as much as they can, with regional FEO officers down from 6 to 4.)

Welland Catchment Report

Chris sent his apologies and offered the following report.

 

Club Updates

Seamus & Don – Mid Nothants Fly Fishes

Don also reported that AWS aren’t requiring anglers to produce a valid rod licence to obtain day tickets at their venues. Action  JW to raise at a future AWS liaison meeting.

Seumas coaching report is available here. and the club update here

 

Ray – Deeping St James

He reported their membership was stable after the peak of 2020

They have significant erosion issues on their main lake fishery

They are using some unique technology to automate water quality readings to provide early warnings of low DO and temperatures following some fish health issues in which they received excellent support from the Brampton Fish labs.

 

Brain – Boston

Brian hightlighted the continuing issues with enforcement that Paul already mentioned. Significant weed issues continued this year on all the drains. Kelvin suggested that Brian discusses the issue with Andy Chadwick from AT.

 

Stillwater Reports

John provided a compressive update to the meeting as attached. He highlighted the recent study in invertebrates undertaken and how the ecology of the reservoir has evolved over time.  Kelvin thought this was of some interest given the wider scientific papers on lake ecology and Natural England’s attempts to blame fish. Kelvin suggested John makes to data available to Emily Smith Environment Lead at AT and also the IFM.  Action JW

Johns Report Here

 

Oliver – Edge Angling

This was Oliver’s first meeting representing his club which runs a fishery at Wicksteed Park. He found the meeting really interesting and will come more prepared for the next meeting.

 

Andrew – Nene Anglers

He highlighted some issues with poaching and agreed that Paul Thomas will come and discuss with the club committee.

 

Martin – Fishing the Welland

Martin is working the WRT on the potential to develop fishing on the Burley Estate.

 

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The date of our next meeting:

19th Jan 2022

NWWCA Forum 19th Jan 2022Minutes of Consultative Meeting held on 19th Jan 2022 Present  …1

Minutes of Consultative Meeting held on 19th Jan 2022

Present  Ray Torrington David Hawley, Kelvin Allen,  Seumas Halliday, John

Wadham, Martin Barnett, Chris Reeds, Andrew Pattison Hugh Bunker

Apologies Oliver Smith, Brian Balderson,  Paul Thomas (AT), Don Moore, Ray Richardson

Matters arising from the previous meeting

Darren agreed to distribute a listing of vacant EA riverine fisheries across the area. This is still outstanding, but will be completed in the next week or so.

David to arrange meeting with Thomas Enright to discuss enforcement Completed meeting took place on the 8th Dec and the outcomes discussed later.

John Wadham to raise the issue of holding a valid rod licence at a future AWS liaison meeting. Ongoing discussion.

John Wadham to contact Emily Smith Environment Lead at AT  with regard to the changes in reservoir ecology. Ongoing discussion.

 Regional/National AT update.

Kelvin presented the following: See Link

Kelvin started with the sad news that Wellingborough’s top coach Pat Byrrne sadly passed away on the 8th Jan. He will be greatly missed and has written a tribute on the AT website. https://anglingtrust.net/2022/01/17/pat-byrne/

Kelvin and David reported on feedback from the meeting held with the Agency on the 8th Dec 2021 focussed on N&L ability to sustain enforcement. Whilst we understand that serious illness does happen, their should be continency and support to cover this. It has been the case that almost zero warranted officers have been available for many months and the team stressed that if VBSII had been adopted potentially cover would be available. But it seems there remains little appetite for this within the area. With an even more strange governance arrangement that area’s can opt out of such schemes. So one wonders how this can be called a national scheme! Paul Thomas to feed this situation back into the national discussion.  Despite this Paul continues with Lincs police to arrange joint patrols, now supported via phone to one of the area FEO’s remotely.

Much has been in the news in the state of our rivers recently and Kelvin highlighted the need to keep the pressure on. The angling trust has it’s own Anglers Against Pollution Campaign promoting the issue.

The neighbouring consultative on the Lower Ouse LOFFCA has agreed to reform under the title of the West Anglia Angling Consultative and broadened its reach across the entire Ouse system, aligned to the EA area boundary. It will meet in Cambridge.

Nenescape

Kelvin talked about the 2022 program which will consist of a full 22 event coaching program the same as 2021.

He has opened discussions on the potential for a Nenescape II scheme as the Nenescape Board are keen to extend the scheme moving forwards. One option is to look at a dedicated coaching school for angling at Chester House on the River Nene. Kelvin will discuss this further in light of Pat’s passing, but it would be a fitting legacy in Pat’s name.

EA Update

Hugh Bunker and James Hooker gave an excellent report on all things happening in fisheries. Most welcome. It available here.

Two Fact Sheets on two Species discussed for reference are attached.

Dreissena bugensis (Quagga mussel)

Argulus mongolianus

Welland Catchment Report

Chris has moved on from WRT but sent a final report here.  His post is currently being advertised

Club Updates

Seamus – Mid Nothants Fly Fishes

Monthly coaching will resume in March, it’s the clubs 70th anniversary year and the Kelmarsh Show is planned for 2022.  Fishing report is here.

Ray – Deeping St James

He reported their membership had increased during 2021

They are continuing with survey and monitoring on their Horseshoe lake with continued concerns on fish health, with assistance from the EA.

Their club matches have been well attended.

Stillwater Reports

John provided a compressive update to the meeting as attached. He highlighted the recent study in invertebrates undertaken and how the ecology of the reservoir has evolved over time.  He also discussed the recent policy from AWS to ban fishing some the South Dam at Grafham Water. Johns Report Here

Image left is from the margins at Rutland Water and the vast volumes of Quagga mussels.

Andrew – Nene Anglers

He reported the club had welcomed a meeting with Paul Thomas recently and put VBS into a good light. Additional signage was welcomed.

Martin – Fishing the Welland

Martin reported his best ever roach caught recently on the Welland of 2lb 5oz. He also welcomed the additional enforcement patrols and press coverage.

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The date of our next meeting:

20th April 19:00 via zoom

25th June 10:00 Kettering Face to Face (Subject to EA agreement)

River Welland Roach 2021Fisheries Officer Jake Reeds explores the life under the water …

Fisheries Officer Jake Reeds explores the life under the water on the Welland searching for Roach

 

 

NWWCA Forum 19th Oct 2019Minutes of Consultative Meeting held on 19th Oct 2019 Present …

Minutes of Consultative Meeting held on 19th Oct 2019

Present    John Newman John Wadham, Chris Reeds, , Howard Neal, , David Hawley, Mick Dimmock, , Kelvin Allen,  Ray Torrington, Ivor Stokes, Paul Douglas, Ray Richardson, Jake Reeds, Darren Finnie and Hugh Bunker

Apologies Viktor Tzikas, Seumas Halliday, Brian Balderson and Andy Beal

Matters arising from the previous meeting

Action Winter water retention level management concerns escalated to Area Manager and RFCC chair. David is seeking better engagement within the RFCC community on this issue. Indeed given the current issues with Soil Moisture Deficit it seems hard not to make a case for having lower levels. Still ongoing

Regional/National AT update.

Kelvin presented the following:

Water Resources East and the national push to resolve the UK water infrastructure

Defra General Licence Consultation

Wensum Past Present and Future

Great Hoveton Broad  Bio-Manipulation

Presentation available here

 

Nenescape

Dusan Kovacik from Northampton now fully engaged with the coaching team since July.

David Beecroft started on 17th Oct and will be engaging with clubs.

David’s contact details are:

Email:  david.beecroft@anglingtrust.net

Mob:   07851 037091 (This currently is unavailable due to technical issues)

Lets Fish Nenescape now ran its 20 events – great success

VBS continues with some great engagement from Volunteers – 828 patrols this year

With 55 reports made to EA-Police

Nene Valley Festival attended Peterborough 14th Sep and 22nd Sep Stanwick Lakes

Kelvin asked how are we doing and for feedback.

Discussion raised the issue of, given that many clubs are struggling with membership numbers, should they be a co-ordinated push to attract the migrant communities as additional source of membership.

The issue of signage came up and it seems an improved price could be achieved saving over 50% on the current procurement. Kelvin to follow up with John Newman.

A further suggestion was of having Eastern European language flyers to advertise Angling Club membership opportunities particularly in tackle shops.

Cormorant Issues

John Newman, explained the personal issues that has impacted Rob Harris’s ability to lead on this survey and count initiative. As such progress and updates have been slow. Kelvin pleaded with members that this was a chance to make a difference, but it needed action and commitment on obtaining bird counts to make it happen. The following actions were agreed.

Action: David Beecroft to co-ordinate VBS resources and feed into John Newman

Action: Roosting sites and specific requirements for the survey are available here for reference. The document is available here.

 

2018 EA Nene Fisheries Surveys – Jake Reeds

Jake went through a detailed excellent presentation of both the techniques and outputs from last year’s surveys. The level of detail and information now available is most impressive.  I have had to remove the video element from the attached presentation, however and replace with snapshots of the screen images, but it’s still a great piece of work.

Jakes presentations is here.

EA Update and Enforcement Report.

Hugh Bunker provided an update on the work of the FBG team that can be viewed here.

Members may be interested in a free fisheries management workshop that the Institute of Fisheries Management and the EA are providing in the new year.    The workshop is all about aquatic plant management, a big topic for most fishery managers.

The date is Saturday 15th February 2020 and the venue is Wicksteed Park, Kettering – its FREE !.

If you could ask members to send me an email as an expression of interest I would be very grateful. Further information about the workshop will be distributed in due course.  The IFM courses are very well put together so I recommend this for all our clubs and fishery managers.

Nene Catchment Report

Viktor had provided David with an update on the restoration work, as below.

There is not much of an update on the Nene Backchannels works since the last meeting other than that Ailsworth backchannel has been completed, apart from a few tonnes of gravel left to go in which was left over once the contractors left site. I’m in two minds as to leave it to see where the first lot moves too during winter high flows and then put it in the channel in Spring or to put it all in ASAP whilst we can. The works at Nassington (Wellington) backchannel are due to start from the 14th October so the fencing should be finished by the 19th and the tree works will commence on the 21st for a couple of weeks. All of these works are subject to the weather being favourable of course.

Other than the restoration works other things which may be of interest are;

–           The Nene Valley Festival activities. I led a guided walk around Barnwell Backchannel at the Country Park & borrowed the EA flood model table for the finale event at Stanwick Lakes which was very well received.

–           Barnwell Country Park have two wood carvings to be installed shortly. One pike sculpture and one chub bench.

–           Progress is being made with the Wellingborough & Peterborough restoration projects but it is just slow at the moment.

If anyone wants any further info then they can email or phone me. Viktor

Stillwater Reports

John surprised us with a power point presentation on all the issues and outcomes on the Stillwater Trout scene. It’s available here.

Seumas had sent David a report as below.

Pitsford has been fishing consistently well for trout in recent weeks; both bank and boat. The boats have been week used especially at weekends with a number of competitions (fly and lure anglers) which is a good sign. Sometimes it was impossible to get a boat. Trout are taking shrimp, snail and fry patterns. The rod average (catch per return) was 4 last week (5 for the season).

Ravensthorpe on the other hand has been beset by algae and low water although it is now starting to fill after the recent rain. Fishing has been very difficult and not many people out. We have moved our Bob Church end of season boat match from there to Pitsford for this reason.

MNTFA News

We have been running coaching sessions for 5 years now and the Pitsford sessions really took off this year; down to a number of reasons including spending some money on adverts in local magazines, online marketing through facebook, Angling Trust, Anglian Water etc. About a quarter of current our members have benefitted in some way from the coaching (and some joined through it). The volunteers enjoy it as some of them aren’t able to get out fishing as much.  Numbers wise we are treading water (about 90).

Kelmarsh Show is also a useful attractor.

Myself and chairman Don Moore did our first cormorant count last weekend at Ravensthorpe and are exploring other venues to count.

Next year we plan to do more of the same, with the exception of the Adult Learning course (as the council have changed the kind of courses they offer). That’s unfortunate as it was a useful source of funding and recruits. So we plan to be coaching at Pitsford monthly from March to October, Kelmarsh at Easter and helping the coarse guys and Angling Trust at other events. We have a keen new recruit (via Kelmarsh show) who is taking his level 1 coaching course next month.

Best wishes Seumas Halliday

Club Updates

P&DAA, John reported continued survey work on Ferry Meadows by both EA and NPT, however the tern islands still remain.  Match returns on FM continue to be low.

River fest on the North Bank was patchy, Fencing at Stebbington with over 1000m now completed.  Help from NPT on obtaining grant support. Further meetings with WTT on reaching fencing agreements with other landowners ongoing.

Enforcement across Peterborough City reaches meetings with City Council,

 

Deeping St James, Ray reported that received an EA grant to clear the Stibbington backwater from weed. They had untaken a Welland restocking program with the EA.

They had received the water resilience award from the EA, but on other issues they had gone into formal complaint procedures with the EA

 

WNDAC, Howard reported their receipt of the resilience award grant from the EA. The club celebrated its 150 anniversary over the summer with 180 people attending. The junior program goes from strength to strength through the Lets Fish initiatives. The club intends to install platforms on the Nene at their Ringstead site.

Northampton Nene Mick reported that their membership was holding firm, with Mick hopeful that his health enables him to return to full fitness for next year.

Rutland Fly Fishers is covered in John’s detailed report

The dates of our next meetings are:

11th Jan 2020

28th Mar 2020

27th Jun 2020

17th Oct 2020

NWWCA Forum 6th Jul 2019Minutes of Consultative Meeting held on 6th July 2019 Present …

Minutes of Consultative Meeting held on 6th July 2019

Present    John Wadham, Viktor Tzikas, , Howard Neal, Seumas Halliday, David Hawley, Mick Dimmock, , Kelvin Allen, Hugh Bunker,  Ray Torrington, Ivor Stokes and Paul Douglas

Apologies Ray Richardson, Chris Reeds, Brian Balderson and John Newman

David welcomed Paul Douglas from the Nene Angling Club to the meeting

Matters arising from the previous meeting

Action Hugh arranged the site visit to the National Fish labs at Brampton on the 27th June.  Several people attended and thought it was an excellent evening demonstrating what rod licence income is spent on.

Action Winter water retention level management concerns escalated to Area Manager and RFCC chair. David is seeking better engagement within the RFCC community on this issue. Indeed given the current issues with Soil Moisture Deficit it seems hard not to make a case for having lower levels. Still ongoing

Election of Officers

It was proposed by Mick Dimmock that all 4 officers be reappointed on block for the coming year. This was agreed by members. David pointed out that he had completed 5 years as chair and is looking at possibly moving away in the future, but was happy to undertake a further year. Kelvin felt the group therefore should consider a successor for David and discuss this at a future meeting.

Chairman        David Hawley

Vice Chair       Ray Richardson

Secretary         Kelvin Allen

Treasurer        Ray Torrington

 

Regional/National AT update.

Kelvin presented the following:

National Angling Strategy

Bio-Manipulation

Wensum Past Present and Future

Eastern Region Shield Competition

Presentation available here

 

Nenescape

Szymon Skoczen post has been filled by Dusan Kovacik from Northampton

Andy Beal has resigned and his post and is currently advertised

Lets Fish Nenescape now ran 9 events – great success

VBS continues with some great engagement from Volunteers – 235 patrols

With 16 reports made to EA-Police this quarter

NVF 21-22nd Sep Stanwick Lakes

What should be our Nene scape focus next year? Ideas and Feedback to Kelvin please.

 

Cormorant Issues

David went through the minutes from the Cormorant seminar held on the 22nd May by P&DAA. Minutes available here.

The key outcome was an agreement to run a series of cormorant count days across the Nene Valley, however it’s not clear on who or how this is going to be managed and led.

David to clarify the resultant actions.

Action David Hawley to write to John Newman on the ownership on the proposed process.

Action David Hawley to write to Jake Davoile on the location of known roosting points.

EA Update and Enforcement Report.

Huge Bunker provided an update on the work of the FBG team that can be viewed here. He also gave a short presentation of the recent change of policy surrounding the rules for farming in and around water, as agreed at the last meeting, which is available here.

Nene Catchment Report

Vikor gave an overview of RNRP restoration activities, including the deployment of fencing at Elsworth.

Stillwater Reports

Both John and Seumas reported on the impact of the summer weather and resultant impact on trout.  Seumas reported that Ravensthorpe was reporting an average of 4 fish per return with many large fish caught. Pitsford was reporting slightly better with an average of 5 fish per return.  Seumas highlighted the approach from AWS on the promoting summer predator angling on their reservoirs, many thought that in temperatures over 21degrees this should follow the current guidelines and science and restrict this practice. Action Kelvin to provide John and Seumas with the scientific papers on this subject to discuss with AWS.

See attached paper from Prof. Ian G. Cowx here

John’s detailed report on Rutland activities is available  here.

Club Updates

Mid Northants Fly Fishers, Seumas reported that this years Kelmarch show was a huge success and the coaching days at Pitsford were receiving good attendances.

Rutland Fly Fishers is covered in John’s detailed report

Deeping St James, Ray reported that they had successfully moved their membership onto an all online solution. Their lake complex which had otter fencing installed last year has suffered from yet more otter predation with 5 otters in residence following some storm damage to the fence line. These beasts have now being removed, not an easy task it seems. The club had received a FIG grant from the EA for the purchase of pumps and meters to assist with monitoring and managing summer conditions. He reported that whilst the Nene was fishing well, the Welland was weeded over and unfishable.

Northampton Nene, Paul and Mick reported that their membership was holding firm, with Mick taking more of a back seat whilst he receives medical treatment.

Forward Look

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The dates of our next meeting is 19th Oct.

NWWCA Forum 6th April 2019Minutes of Consultative Meeting held on 6th April 2019 Present …

Minutes of Consultative Meeting held on 6th April 2019

Present    John Wadham, Viktor Tzikas, Brian Balderson, Andy Beal, , Howard Neal, John Newman, Seumas Halliday, David Hawley, Mick Dimmock, , Kelvin Allen, Hugh Bunker, Chris French

Apologies  Ray Richardson, , Chris Reeds, Ray Torrington ,Ivor Stokes

David welcomed Chris French from the Welland Rivers Trust to the meeting

Matters arising from the previous meeting

Action Hugh has now arranged a site visit to the National Fish labs at Brampton on the 27th June.  Several people showed an interest, can people confirm their interest by emailing  Hugh direct.

Action The various action agreed at the previous meetings on cormorant management have failed to deliver any outcomes. See section on cormorants for further progress and as below.

Action Voluntary bailiffs have been invited to assist with cormorant counts and will be further discussed at a Nene Valley Predation summit now planned for the 27th May at Ferry Meadows.

Action Winter water retention level management concerns escalated to Area Manager and RFCC chair. David is seeking better engagement within the RFCC community on this issue. Indeed given the current issues with Soil Moisture Deficit it seems hard not to make a case for having lower levels.

Regional/National AT update.

Kelvin highlighted the following:

Mark Lloyd to take up new role as CEO of The Rivers Trust as of Aug 2019

Rado left AT 31st March to go back to Poland, as huge loss for both AT and UK angling.

Replaced by Janusz Kansik

Szymon Skoczen moved to Chester and Nenescape role being advertised

EA contract confirmed for a further 4 years

Ammonia Nitrate pollutions, as now resulted in a FOI request into the agency. Initial analysis of this shows more detailed analysis on recording is needed.

Grantham Forum was generally seen a success with 41 attendees.

Nenescape

Club program for 2019 format agreed to focus on the following:

What you told us last year

Bye-Laws & Riparian Rights

Willingness to Integrate & Supporting – Juniors

Working Together – Clubmate

VBS Engagement

Feedback on Signage

Nenescape Volunteering

Cormorant Predation

Andy Beal will be delivering this to clubs starting next week.

Coaching program has successfully been outsourced to CRT in partnership with local clubs.

20 events now arranged from April to September within the Nene Valley, as part of the wider “Lets Fish” campaign. See https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/fishing/lets-fish

3 Polish schools arranged for visits in the next 3 months in Wisbech, Kettering and Northampton.

VBS engagement still remains some of the best in England.

Fishery management plan for Ferry Meadows, draft is with P&DAA. Resultant outcomes see under Cormorant section.

Cormorant Issues

The Consultative agreed to progress an application for an Area licence to reduce cormorant predation in their fisheries within the Nene valley. For those fisheries outside of this Area Jake is happy to provide advice to individual fisheries. However this hasn’t been taking up by fisheries within the Nene Valley, for whatever reason.

As an outcome from the investigations at Ferry Meadows, predation has been identified as the key issue impacting the fishery and the river Nene. With the Nenescape Club program actually going out to clubs and fisheries explaining how to both protect and sustain their clubs and fisheries, this now provided the means to speak to clubs directly on this issue. A Cormorant seminar has been planned for Wednesday the 22nd May  19:00 to focus addressing this issue.

If we want to address this issue we must all work together on a solution.

EA Update and Enforcement Report.

Huge Bunker provided an update on the work of the FBG team that can be viewed here. Focus on the potential impact of drought the coming months was highlighted and a briefing on this is available  here.

Considerable discussion and concerns with enforcement and resources across the L&N area was expressed by all. Indeed no enforcement report was available due to lack of resources.

Both Kelvin, David and Paul Thomas have discussed this with Manfia Tang at length, as it also appears now that the area will not be supporting VBS Phase II, whist its neighbouring area is. It is disappointing that one of the worst areas in the country for illegal fishing, don’t except this as an issue and offer resources to match.

The area has access to a FIP funded grant for clubs and fisheries to enable improvements in venue protection on drought. Details available here

Nene Catchment Report

Vikor gave an overview of RNRP restoration activities.

In 2018 3.5 Nene projects have been completed, Elton back channel, Earls Barton, Barnwell Country Park. In 2019 the following are in the pipeline, Alesworth , Nassington and two others in in the planning stage. Finally in 2020 the Electric Cut in Peterborough and Wellingborough Embankment will be addressed.

Chris French from the Welland Rivers Trust gave an update on their activities. They current have two active WEIF funded grants as Lobbington and on the Upper Welland headwaters.

They have strong engagement with volunteers acting as river wardens, who are undertaking both water quality and Invertebrate sampling using the riverfly partnership.

Stillwater Reports

Both John and Seumas reported on the impact of the summer weather and resultant impact on trout.  Seumas reported that Ravensthorpe was reporting an average of 9 fish per return with many large fish caught. Pitsford was reporting slightly less with an average of 5 fish per return.  John provided a detailed report on Rutland activities  here.

Club Updates

Brian stated that BDAA had has quite a successful year, thanks to the efforts of the EA FBG team on weed management which seems to be making progress.

John stated that P&DAA are suffering with clear breaching in enforcement along the Nene and are in discussions with Peterborough CC on making a public protection order to help manage the situation. They are hosting the Cormorant seminar as discussed earlier. The Ringers Ferry Meadows series of matches were sold out in 48 hrs and they are working with Jake Reeds on a Barbel survey. Their last AIF grant on cattle poaching fencing has enabled the project to over double the length of fencing with the help from NPT.

There was a discussion on the latest legal framework for landowners within the farm rules for water launched last year. Hugh agreed to see whether this be the basis of a future presentation to the consultative. Action HB.

Mick mentioned the Northampton Nene were now actively engaged in the Lets Fish Nenescape events and are currently scoping on how to offer follow up coaching sessions to new anglers.

John mentioned that Rutland Flyfishers continue to benefit from excellent relationships with Anglian Water.

Forward Look

Andy Beal to report back on Club Program

Kelvin to report back on Cormorant seminar

Hugh to look at potential for a presentation on cattle poaching.

AOB

The dates of our next meetings are  6th July, 19th Oct.

NWWCA Forum 19th Jan 2019Minutes of Consultative Meeting held on 19th Jan 2019 Present …

Minutes of Consultative Meeting held on 19th Jan 2019

Present    John Wadham, Viktor Tzikas, Brian Balderson, Andy Beal, Chris Reeds, Howard Neal, Ivor Stokes, John Newman, Seumas Halliday, David Hawley, Mick Dimmock, Jake Reeds, Ray Torrington, Kelvin Allen, John Ellis, Jake Davoile

Apologies  Ray Richardson, Hugh Bunker,

David welcomed Jake and John to the meeting as quest speakers.

Matters arising from the previous meeting

Action Names to David by the end of the month on planned visit to the Brampton fish labs. Still ongoing.

Action It was suggested that Voluntary bailiffs might be able to assist with counts. David to raise with Paul Thomas, completed and under discussion.

Action Winter water retention level management concerns escalated to Area Manager and RFCC chair. David is making some progress on this, as the picture from John Wadham demonstrates the issue.

Regional/National AT update.

Kelvin highlighted the following:

A £2m loss of EA  income due to an 80,00 drop in rod licence sales.

Ammonia Nitrate pollutions, as now resulted in the AT seeking a forum FOI request into the agency on the national scale of the problem..

National Fisheries contract with AT still awaiting renewal.

Grantham Forum now planned for 13th March 2019.

Nenescape

Total grant to date £49,000

Club program for 2019 format agreed for Andy Beal to deliver to 17 clubs starting April.

Coaching program to be outsourced to CRT in partnership with local clubs

Polish schools targeted for 2019 are in Kettering and Wishech.

VBS engagement some of the best in England.

A series of predator matches held at Ferry Meadows/River Nene hasn’t had the uptake we would have liked across communities’ and will be subject to a case study to understand the underlying issues.

Fishery management plan for Ferry Meadows, currently in progress.

Cormorant Issues

Jake Davoile gave a presentation of cormorant issues and his role in predation management.  His presentation is available here.

The Consultative agreed to progress an application for an Area licence to reduce cormorant predation in their fisheries within the Nene valley. For those fisheries outside of this Area Jake is happy to provide advice to individual fisheries.

Action A cormorant sub group to be set up under the guidance of Jake.

Action Members with waters in the Nene valley need to register their interest with Jake by the end of the month.

Action Sub Group will assist in providing Jake with any further evidence necessary for a successful licence application. It is anticipated that fisheries may need to identify roosts and conduct some cormorant counts to update what appear to be inaccurate BTO numbers.

Action The group will provide a progress update to future Consultative meetings.

John Ellis – CRT

John Eliis gave an enlightening presentation on the work of the Canal and Rivers Trust fisheries team. It is available here.

They lease venues to over 250 clubs generating revenues of £600k.

He spoke at length on their practises in managing invasive species including Zander and explained the history and heritage of our canals and strong relationship with anglers.

EA Update and Enforcement Report.

Jake Reeds provided an update on the work of the FBG team that can be viewed here.

It was noted that the EA’S ability to respond to serious incidents had improved with evidence of several net seizures and that rod licence checks suggest a low evasion rate in the Area.

Omex Agriculture Ltd had been named by the EA as being responsible for the devastating fish kill in the Lower Witham last March. They have been required to submit a plan for remediation of the river. As one of the affected angling clubs is a member of the Angling Trust Fish Legal are aware.

Stillwater Reports

Both John and Seumas reported on the impact of the summer weather and resultant impact on trout.  For more detail view John’s full report here.

Club Updates

There was a discussion about the smaller angling clubs that were struggling to survive in the modern age due in large part to declining membership and difficulty in changing to meet new challenges. It was felt that the Consultative was in a position to support these clubs providing they could be persuaded to join. It was agreed that all members should act as ambassadors for the group.

Many clubs reported good river fishing over the autumn and winter period. Unfortunately for many it was still proving difficult to find volunteers for work parties. Many clubs reported great success with junior angling initiatives although finding enough qualified coaches was sometimes challenging.

Forward Look

Water Resource situation due the ongoing dry weather.

Action Jake to arrange for Kelvin to receive the Area monthly Water Situation Report.

Cormorant sub group update.

AOB

The dates of our next meetings are  6th April, 6th July, 19th Oct.

The date for the Open Forum is 13th March at a venue in Grantham. Invitations by email will be sent by the Angling Trust shortly.

NWWCA Forum 14th Nov 2020Minutes of Consultative Meeting held on 14th Nov 2020 Present …

Minutes of Consultative Meeting held on 14th Nov 2020

Present    David Hawley, Kelvin Allen, Hugh Bunker, Brian Balderson, Viktor Tzikas, Seumas Halliday, John Wadham & Neil Stafford Chris French, Andrew Pattison, Nathan Minter and Martin Barnett

Apologies John Newman, Ray Richardson, Chris Reeds, Paul Douglas, Mark Fox, Tony Machine

Matters arising from the previous meeting

None

Regional/National AT update.

Kelvin presented the following:

A permit was granted by the EA on 23 July 2020 for the installation of barriers on Hoveton Great Broad resulting in legal action with the EA and NE from the AT and BASG.

Much of this has been covered in the national press. https://youtu.be/2XfaMsxAH_o

The grounds of claim are, in summary, that:

(1)          The EA failed to publicise and consult upon the application for the permit to put in place the fish barriers in accordance with its statutory and common law duties

(2)          The EA failed to adopt the correct legal test/approach in determining whether the barriers would cause deterioration in the status of HGB/HB and/or other water bodies for the purposes of Article 4 of the Water Framework Directive.

(3)          It was irrational for the EA to give less weight to the evidence of its own fisheries specialists than to that of NE on the ground that the latter, but not the former, was based on “peer-reviewed” sources

(4)          It would be unlawful for NE to install the barriers for so long as the EA’s fisheries specialists consider that there will be a significant impact on fish

The EA has responded that it does not intend to contest the Claim.

It writes that: “The Environment Agency concedes that this claim should be allowed on Ground 1 only and the permit application remitted to the Environment Agency to be redetermined.”

NE has indicated that: “Natural England does not contest ground 1, and accepts that the claim should be allowed.. Natural England does contest grounds 2-4.”

Ongoing debate with EA on pollution poor enforcement actions with Water Companies

AT launched Anglers against Pollution campaign

East of England growth, challenge to our environment with little policy on water

Engagement with Building Bridges at Whitemills Marina Debbie Skinner with EE issues

Rod Licence sales now 15% above last year, 17% on revenue

Additional FIP scheme now in place due to this additional income

Discussion on the various poaching by Eastern Europeans on the Grand Union around Northampton. Neil Stafford asked if some additional focus could be taken on this.

Action Kelvin to discuss with Paul Thomas and Janusz to arrange a specific conference call on this subject in the coming weeks.

Bryan Balderson reported that some considerable improvements have been made around Boston with joint patrols and police engagement, resulting in 3 anglers being prosecuted for theft of fishing rights in recent weeks by the police. Bryan talked about having the correct club rules and framework in place to enable such actions and agreed to forward the BDAA constitution as a reference to this.

Nenescape

Significant Impact from COVID during 2020.

Engagement with Welland and Deeping IDB on potential opening of some drains to fishing

Not a successful outcome, clubs and the IDB just too far apart. That said the IDB approach was against fishing, as just too much hassle. Some lessons learnt about angling in the 21st century.

BBC Countryfile to feature in early 2021 on the Building Bridges work.

Coaching to continue in 2021 and 2022

Evidence remains that the actual illegal poaching is minimal in volume

Large scale survey of the angling community in 2021.

EA Update and Enforcement Report.

Hugh Bunker provided a verbal update on the work of the FBG team

The FBG team dealt with a significant numbers of heat related fishery incidents over the summer. One week had 20 incidents.

The enforcement team are out and about and do have the ability to issue tickets for SAFFA related offences However there remains a backlog in issuing summons due to COVID impacting on the team in Warrington. The enforcement team are improving their coverage by the use of drones and have resourced all Cat 1 incidents.

They have recently completed a number of stocking programs across the area.

The planned monitoring program was suspended, but is due to start again this quarter on the Witham and Welland catchments.

Hugh confirmed that the team structure previously on trial will be secured and the post of team lead is being advertised.

Nene Catchment Report

Viktor reported that COVID-19 has curtained much of the deliveries this summer, but has completed the works at Nassington. The Wellingborough Embankment and Electric Cut projects are ongoing.

Welland Catchment Report

Chis highlighted the activities of the WRT, the WIG funded work at Marker Harborough is complete along with the upstream off channel wetland project. http://www.wellandriverstrust.org.uk/welland-headwaters-improvement-project/

The group has successfully obtained a Lottery Grant for Community Engagement.

http://www.wellandriverstrust.org.uk/our-welland-kicks-off/

Stillwater Reports

John provided an update on the status of Rutland and Grafham water.

Seumas reported on the fishing across the various waters with some success and the continued use of the reservoirs for predator fishing.

AOB

All thought the zoom experience worked well and it could a solution for further meetings.

The date of our next meeting:

23rd Jan 2021

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Minutes of Consultative Meeting held on 27th June 2020

Present    Chris Reeds, David Hawley, Kelvin Allen, Hugh Bunker, Brian Balderson, Viktor Tzikas, Seumas Halliday, John Wadham & Neil Stafford

Apologies John Newman, Chris French, Ray Torrington & Ray Richardson

David gave thoughts and praise to the work of Mick Dimmock who sadly passed away in March. He was recognised by AT for his efforts and positive attitude and is a sad loss for angling in the Nene Valley.

Matters arising from the previous meeting

Action: Kelvin to discuss with Jonathan Means the details behind this and report back to Jake Davoile.

This was completed on the following day. Item Closed.

Action KA to further discuss the presentation of 21st Century techniques with Ray.

Ray presented an excellent presentation at the AT regional forum held in Grantham from back in March. Item Closed.

Regional/National AT update.

Kelvin presented the following:

Broads Hoveton Great Broad debate continues with the EA and NE

Ongoing debate with EA on pollution poor enforcement actions with Water Companies

Fenland Pike Initiative – under investigation by AT

Relaunched BASG website https://basg.online

51th annual Eastern Region Shield held on Bargate Drain 13th Sep Postponed last week

Rod Licence sales now 120% above last year.

Additional FIP scheme now proposed due to this additional income

Register your project via  https://grants.anglingtrust.net/

Consultation with CMA on AWS & OFFWAT determination on AMP7

Consultation with AWS on long term STW investment planning via DWMP

Resultant Phosphate loading from AWS assets raised with River Trusts

Nenescape

AT Nenescape 2020 Program

Significant Impact from COVID, all events cancelled from March 16th

Working area extended to cover Welland and Deepings IDB

Engagement with IDB on potential opening of some drains to fishing

Clubs engaged recently – renewed focus on Whittlesea, March, Ramsey area

Renewed focus on engagement with Romanian communities in Peterborough and Northampton

Polish School events The following video has been produced showing the activities undertaken at the Peterborough Polish School Visit undertaken in Feb. https://youtu.be/_1g_MsulM5A This video was created in house by Janusz following him benefitting from some post production coaching from Screen Northants a Nenescape Partner.

Cormorant Issues

As discussed at the last meeting P&DAA feel there has been less cormorant activity on our waters probably due to the following factors:

  • A lower number of birds roosting at Overton Lake in Ferry Meadows. Some limited habitat adjustments have been made by Nene Park.  Max of approx. 30+ birds vs 50+ in the previous winter.
  • The flooding over the autumn and winter have made the river and lakes very turbid and the suspicion is the birds will have looked for clearer water to hunt in e.g. gravel pits.
  • It has also been previously noted that actual counting activity was at a low level and that Kelvin suggested there may in fact be further, more comprehensive data available from the other sources (? British Trust for Ornithology).
  • We do have an additional predator present in the river locally in the form of a seal. In past years seals have made visits from the sea but generally they return in early spring but this year this one has remained.  Possibly due to the lock leading to the tidal river being closed.  We have contacted RSPCA and Seal Rescue but unless the animal is injured or in obvious distress then they are unable to act.  Jake Devoile is currently aware and investigating what options there may be.  The Association has taken the step of cancelling our round of the Riverfest as the seal activity has obviously moved the fish from the venue.
  • While discussing the above with Jake Devoile he informed me he now has access to a thermal imaging device which makes it possible to quickly assess numbers of birds in a roost and has offered to visit the Nene Valley roosting sites at an appropriate time

EA Update and Enforcement Report.

Hugh Bunker provided an update on the work of the FBG team that can be viewed here.

The group welcomed the much awaited additional of warrants for Jake Reeds and Hugh Bunker and pending for Darren Randall, but the National Stance of the Agency of COVID working practices still means no offence reporting can be undertaken currently.

Nene Catchment Report

Viktor reported that COVID-19 has curtained much of the deliveries this spring. He has reached agreement for the works to carry forward.

Welland Catchment Report

Chis provided an extensive report on the group’s activities. See attached

Stillwater Reports

John provided a full report on the status of Rutland and Grafham water. See attached

Seumas reported on the fishing across the various waters with some success and the continued use of the reservoirs for predator fishing.

Club Updates

Boston AA, Brian spoke about increase in anglers on the bank since the restrictions were lifted. Good bream catches have been reported on both the Bargate and Witham. The club has recently taken on a further length of the Witham at the “Chicken Run”.

P&DAA, Like most organisations we have had to adapt to the pandemic control measures and once angling was re-opened introduced an online system of temporary membership up to June 15th.  From then on, all memberships and day tickets went online through an appointed agent with eTickets issued. As of today, we have as many members as we ended last season on.

All matches have been cancelled on Ferry Meadows and the use of keepnets banned as a fish welfare measure which has proved very successful and well accepted by pleasure anglers.  Catches have greatly improved and it would be interesting to know if this is because the fish enjoyed a break or are more catchable having not been kept in nets.  The bream appear to have spawned early in the warm spell.

Northampton Nene, Neil reported that they have sadly missed out on hosting the Div 1 championships on the Grand Union this year due to COVID-19. However some CRT competitions will continue. The club is struggling with the loss of Mick Dimmock, but some changes have been agreed to move forward. The club struggles currently with large groups of roving eastern European anglers on the Canal and the intimidation this causes with bailiffs.

Both Hugh and Kelvin to follow this up with some support. Actions Kelvin and Hugh to follow through with support.

Mid Northants Fly Fishers, Seumas reported that all competitions and coaching has been impacted by COVID-19.

AOB, all thought the zoom experience worked well and it could a solution for further meetings.

The dates of our next meetings are:

17th Oct 2020

NWWCA Forum 11th Jan 2020Minutes of Consultative Meeting held on 11th Jan 2020 Present …

Minutes of Consultative Meeting held on 11th Jan 2020

Present    John Newman, Jonatan Mears, Chris Reeds, David Hawley, Kelvin Allen,  Ray Torrington, Ray Richardson, Jake Reeds, Hugh Bunker, Brian Balderson, Viktor Tzikas, Seumas Halliday, James Hooker, Martin Barnatt, Chris French

Apologies Andy Beal, John Wadham, Mick Dimmock Paul Douglas

Matters arising from the previous meeting

Action Winter water retention level management concerns escalated to Area Manager and RFCC chair. David is seeking better engagement within the RFCC community on this issue. Indeed given the current issues with Soil Moisture Deficit it seems hard not to make a case for having lower levels. Still ongoing

Action Dave Beecroft to laisse with VBS engagement on Cormorant Surveys. This has highlighted the lack of co-ordination across voluntary bailiffs and is currently being addressed.  Closed

EA Area Fisheries News

James Hooker informed the meeting, that following months of discussion all fisheries staff will come under a single line manager to improve outcomes and productivity of fisheries across Northants and Lincs. This will be a trial for 3 months and James will take the lead role.

Regional/National AT update.

Kelvin presented the following:

Broads Hoveton Great Broad debate continues with NE this week

Ongoing debate with EA on pollution poor enforcement actions with Water Companies

River Wensum formation of a new Catchment Partnership Group

51th annual Eastern Region Shield held on Bargate Drain 13th Sep

Fishery Improvement Fund 2020

Coarse, trout and eel habitat and passage:

Angling access and facilities: platforms, pegs and pathways for rivers and stillwaters.

Ensuring the needs of less able bodied anglers are considered.

Especially developing community and urban fisheries.

Increasing fisheries resilience to prolonged period of dry weather.

Register your project via  https://grants.anglingtrust.net/

Angling Improvement Fund 2020 to focus on Predation Measures only

Nenescape

AT Nenescape 2020 Program

20 Lets Fish Coaching events Northampton – Wellingbrough – Peterborough

4 Polish School events

Dusan Kovacik from Northampton leading on this

8 clubs engaged – renewed focus on Whittlesea, March, Ramsey area

  • Nene Anglers
  • Wellingborough AC
  • Northampton Nene AC
  • Peterborough DAC
  • Whittlesea AC
  • Chatteris Working Mens AC
  • Ramsey Angling Club
  • March And District AA
  • Deeping St James AC
  • Higham Ferrers Riverside Park AC

Dave Beecroft from Cambridge

Renewed focus on engagement with Clubs and Eastern European Anglers

Renewed engagement and co-ordination with VBS

Cormorant Issues

John Newman, highlighted the continuing poor engagement on this survey and count initiative. Kelvin undertook more analysis on the national general licence consultation and has found that the volumes recorded by the BTO Webs surveys are actually higher than the sites we have currently surveyed by quite some number.

Action: Kelvin to discuss with Jonathan Means the details behind this and report back to Jake Davoile.

2017- 19 EA Fenland Fisheries Surveys – Jake Reeds

Jake went through a detailed excellent presentation of both the techniques and outputs from last year’s surveys. The level of detail and information now available is most impressive.  The detailed surveys will be published in the next few weeks, from this forum.

EA Update and Enforcement Report.

Hugh Bunker provided an update on the work of the FBG team that can be viewed here.

Nene Catchment Report

Viktor reported that the wet conditions had impacted on their Nene restoration works. He was in discussions with Peterborough City Council about the restoration of the Electric Cut and funding.

Welland Catchment Report

Chirs reported that the WRT again was being limited by weather conditions and flooding.

A feasibility on restoration of the Welland Washes and the Burley Estates continues.

The group is seeking funding for a Lottery Connecting Community award.

Stillwater Reports

Seumas reported on the fishing across the various waters with some success and the continued use of the reservoirs for predator fishing.

Club Updates

Boston, Brian spoke about a 9% increase in club membership following the successful steps on weed management on their drains.

Deeping St James, Ray spoke about weather conditions impeding access and following discussions at the last forum they had implemented a number of improvements on their website, including multi language support, online payments and information on real-time river levels.  Ray has documented the technical info here.

Kelvin asked if Ray would like to present this at the next regional forum.

Action KA to further discuss the presentation of 21st Century techniques with Ray.  

P&DAA, John reported that continued discussions across Peterborough City reaches and meetings with the City Council on the management of activities and general anti-social behaviour continues. They welcomed the 1200 barbel restocking program from the EA.

1400m of fencing is now complete at Stebbington.

The tern islands have finally been removed from Ferry Meadows, but the match program for 2020 is realty suffering due to continued poor catch returns.

Northampton Nene, although not present Mick Dimmock had spoken to Kelvin from his hospital bed the previous day. Mick felt he was over the worst now and looked forward to getting back on the bank. Members expressed their best wishes for Mick hopeful that his health enables him to return to full fitness for next year.

Mid Northants Fly Fishers, Seumas reported the sad passing of their Secretary has impacted their club structures and they were slowing recovering the situation.

The dates of our next meetings are:

28th Mar 2020

27th Jun 2020

17th Oct 2020

NWWCA Forum 23rd Jan 2021Minutes of Consultative Meeting held on 23rd Jan 2021 Present …

Minutes of Consultative Meeting held on 23rd Jan 2021

Present    David Hawley, Kelvin Allen, Hugh Bunker, Seumas Halliday, John Wadham, Chris French, Andrew Pattison, Martin Barnett,  Dougie Price, Ray Torrington and Paul Thomas

Apologies None Received

Matters arising from the previous meeting

Illegal activities on the Grand Union around Northampton. Paul Thomas reported following further discussions with Neil Stafford, the issues seem around Stoke Bruene which sits on the border between the respective EA areas. However the issue is compromised by not having any formal reports to either Police for EA. Paul agreed to instigate some form of joint patrol, subject to covid restrictions and will report back.

Regional/National AT update.

Kelvin presented the following:

Broads Hoveton Great Broad legal action with the EA and NE

A permit was granted by the EA on 23 July 2020 for the installation of the barriers.

In November, the High Court quashed NE’s permit to erect two nearby fish barriers at Hoveton Great Broad. They were described by the Angling Trust and EA Fisheries experts as “environmentally disastrous”.

The Environment Agency (EA) is now taking enforcement action against Natural England (NE) for erecting two additional fish barriers without permits in the Norfolk Broads. The EA said that the wildlife regulator had installed the new barriers at Hudson’s Marsh and Gravel Dyke without flood risk permits and that they had referred the matter to their enforcement team to investigate further.

Fish Legal have clarified that in terms of the barriers planning permission that was granted to Natural England by the Broads Authority in 2014, under reference BA/2014/0248/FUL that condition 2 remains.

With the referral to the 2014 environment assessment para 8.5.24 which warns that, “If these impacts are assessed by Environment Agency fisheries specialists as being significant, bio-manipulation will not proceed”

Does Natural England have an anti fish agenda you may ask, clearly they seem to be dominated by protecting designated species regardless to the impact of wider native species. Play around with nature and there are always consequences.

Both BASG and AT have attempted many times to find compromise with Natural England on this matter, declared mitigation measures have been dismissed by leading national fisheries experts and the IFM. One can only hope that discussions between the respective CEO’s may see a new light and bring sense.

 

Ongoing debate with EA on pollution poor enforcement actions with Water Companies

AT launched Anglers Against Pollution campaign

East of England growth, challenge to our environment with little policy on water.

Recent consultancy water resources assessment around Cambridge states no further ground water

available

 

Kelvin attended a meeting discussing a 50million cube fenland reservoir for 2030.

AT received much praise for its work on angling within the pandemic.  This has increased AT individual membership up by over 2000 since Jan.

Modelling from Welland Rivers Trust on community engagement for river Wensum.

Rod Licence sales now 15% above last year, 17% on revenue

Nenescape

Significant Impact from COVID

Coaching to continue in 2021 and 2022 program agreed

BBC Countryfile feature now impacted by covid lockdown.

Evidence remains that the actual illegal poaching is minimal in volume

The momentum from the HLF is now about evaluation and as such a large scale survey of the angling community in the spring of 2021, which will be driven by a flyer as drafted below.

DRAFT

 

EA Update

Hugh Bunker provided a verbal update on the work of the FBG team. Sadly Hugh is currently awaiting back surgery and is on light duties. He reported that covid continues to impact on the work of the agency, with all monitoring activities on hold. Jake Reeds has produced two excellent video clips of his exploits on the Welland tracking Bream and Roach. These are available on the following links.

Roach on the Welland

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmDmffZKBm4&fbclid=IwAR0jEW2K7M1KCzbMXQJFkGukqU93l5EmYQDSd3kdQqsDAkVfZJfhwJh-qDg

Bream on the Welland

https://www.youtube.com/watch?fbclid=IwAR0XFKujRTIerrZCmpdzNDY1ul4lUQD9lIALQtGr6-t0MMmy1B5qdvU62fQ&v=RVjmP_d4pyM&feature=youtu.be

Enforcement continues on the rivers, but they are not currently visiting stillwaters. The team attended the fishery at Stanwick Lakes recently following some concerns with fish health.

The team are currently supporting 4 active club FIP bids, which again need more time to deliver within covid restrictions and as such the March time budget timescales may need some flexibility.

There remains concerns with the spread of floating penneywort on both Nene and Witham and the need for anglers to abide by check clean dry.

Any feedback to Calverton fish farm best email

alan.henshaw@environment-agency.gov.uk

richard.pitman@environment-agency.gov.uk

Face Book Page Link below.

https://m.facebook.com/environmentagency/videos/calverton-fish-farm/10155236759813026/

Enforcement Report.

A round robin discussion on enforcement highlighted the following:

Ray Deeping St James reported that little issues existing on the Welland. His club had introduced a new day ticket registration scheme and would share details with the forum. Action RT to share process.

Dougie reported that the clubs struggled with the limited number of bailiffs on the ground.

Andrew reported that nothing warranted concern was seen in is patch.

The EA enforcement team are out and about and do have the ability to issue tickets for SAFFA related offences However little is being reported. This is backed up by the report from the 6 VBS folks patrolling across the Nene Valley, with very little to report.

They have recently completed a number of stocking programs across the area.

Welland Catchment Report

Chis highlighted the activities of the WRT, which included:

Their unsuccessful bid into the green recovery fund.

River Quash siltation scheme

Burley Estates flood modelling

WRT are planning on a community engagement scheme documenting memories of the Welland and if any anglers have material he would welcome their input.

Chris has created a catchment storyboard following national CABA principles. This has the potential to map fishery ownership along the river as a useful aid. Action KA to discuss further with Chris on the potential to link AT fishery mapping into this.

 

Stillwater Reports

John provided a written update following the meeting.

 

Rutland Water

Water level.

Following the recent heavy rainfall, the water level in Rutland Water is gradually rising. I would guess that the sheer volume of flood water entering the South Arm from the River Guash would at least equate one full time Anglian Water pump! The tops of the arms have consequently become very coloured.

Weed Beds (macrophytes).

These have gradually declined but, unlike previous years, despite periods of very strong winds, have remained rooted and even following recent cold weather are still to some extent flourishing. This has offered not only cover for the fish but has ensured that plenty of food, present in the weed is available to them.

It’ll be interesting to see whether the rotting down of this vegetation will offer a more suitable habitat and provide enough detritus for blood worms to thrive: thus, possibly, leading to increased buzzer hatches in the future.

Browns

These wonderful fish continue to prosper on the existing diet. The average size of the fish is now over 5lb and like the rainbows are best caught on something floating but, appear to be more catholic in their choice. They have been caught on floating fry and sugar cubes and some on sub-surface patterns. As we now put the fish back, it is very hard to determine what the main diet consists of. Fry and snails have always been present in the water: but the newcomer is the shrimp and I think it’s fair to say, that this may well account for their rapid growth rate and survival. Our catch and release policy towards these wonderful fish has also certainly paid dividends. The fact that they have been more widespread this back end, may well be due to the extended duration of weed beds.

Lock Down No. 3.

We should now take this opportunity to thank Anglian Water for continuing to stock the reservoir and taking a positive attitude in allowing Angling when safe to do so.

Eventually, following the spread of the new, easily transmissible Covid 19 virus, Anglian Water terminated fishing access to their reservoirs. This made a good sense as it appeared, that despite Rutland being in a lower tier area, many anglers were coming from far and wide to fish, in contravention of government guidelines.

 

The mollusc – Dreisenna Bugensis – has now become established at Rutland Water. Anglian Water have requested that all anglers take great care in preventing this species of freshwater mussel from becoming established elsewhere. The mussels and their larval form are very easily carried in bass bags, drogues, landing nets and in the cleat of one’s boots. So, it is essential to comply meticulously with “Check, Clean Dry”. These have had a very serious impact on the ecology worldwide by virtue of their fecundity and remarkable ability to distil the algae from large volumes of water per day. Their accumulation can also cause serious blockage of pipework.

These molluscs appeared to have had quite a dramatic impact on the ecology of the reservoir. By virtue of digesting the phytoplankton they have caused the water to become very clear. This has allowed considerable light penetration which appears in turn, to have engendered an abnormal increase in the macrophyte growth. This extensive growth harbours a good food source in the form of the shrimp Dikerogammarus Haemobaphes (not Killer Shrimp). In addition, it offers the resident fish population some cover and thus, protection from the impact of predatory birds.

 

Grafham.

November and December saw some of the best bank fishing experienced at this water for many decades. On a number of occasions, as many as 80 to 90 bank anglers were on the water at any one time. This, arguably, approached the biggest attendance since the reservoir opened to fishing in 1966! Many quality rainbows were caught within a few metres of the bank: mainly on shrimp patterns with rainbows up to 7lb recorded. The slightly lower water level enabled reasonable safe access to the shore immediately below most of the rock cladded banks. The North bank being was the most productive due to the greater availability of bank space.

General.

Stocking during lockdown.

Anglian Water continued to stock fish at all sites throughout the pandemic which has ensured good fishing for the future.

On line tickets.

Anglian Water are investigating a proposed online ticketing system which will benefit everyone. Customers will be notified when this is available.

 

Angling Trust interface

Anglian Water worked in conjunction with many bodies including the Angling Trust in terms of fishing access during the pandemic.

Predator fishing

This has been very good and financially very productive at all their still waters but attendance levelled off: mainly due to the pandemic.

Permit refunds

Anglian Water have agreed to refund season ticket holders’ loss of fishing time during the pandemic.

John Wadham – January 2021

 

Seumas gave a report on Pitsford and Ravensthorpe

Intermittent Fishing due to COVID-19

Boat fishing continued productively at both waters through October until November, when boats were suspended due to Covid restrictions although bank fishing continued. Boat fishing resumed at Pitsford in December for fly and predator anglers. Ravensthorpe from 1 to 31 December, when it closes. Pitsford closed prematurely at the start of the January lockdown.

Pitsford

Bank fishing came into its own in the Autumn. October saw some impressive brown trout caught and returned, from bank and boat. From 1st November to March the new bank access restrictions limit how far you can drive on the track, to preserve the surface. There were some issues about the smaller angler car parks filling up and how far people were able to walk to find fish.

A Pitsford brown of about 5 lb; some cormorant damage.

Even so Pitsford’s bank anglers recorded an impressive 5.1 rod average for the week ending 15 November while boats were suspended due to Covid. Water clarity remained good until the deluge just before Christmas, leading to run-off and a rise in height of about a foot. From December, 10 boats were kept available. Trout were still being caught on lures, snakes and nymphs (hares ear, nemo, shrimp patterns) from boat and bank. On the last visit (30th December) you needed to find clearer water in the main basin, the rest being coloured. Mid Northants held an extra bank match in mid-December. The season rod average for the reservoir was 5.7 per return.

Ravensthorpe

Following the Summer doldrums when it greens up, Ravensthorpe fishing recovered in the Autumn with some reasonable catches to nymphs and snail patterns on a washing line setup from mid- October before the November stoppage. Nymphs and snail patterns were working. Bank fishing was effective this Autumn until the heavy rain just before Christmas. Overall Autumn 2020 was much better than the same period in 2019.

Seumas Halliday, MNTFAAOB

Club Updates

Deeping St James has seen a 60% increase in membership sales, with a 70% increase in day tickets. Issues with flood water recently. The Stebbington refuge seems to be working well.

NNAC agreed to discuss reporting incidents at their next committee meeting.

Nene Anglers need would like some additional signs.

All thought the zoom experience worked well and it could a solution for further meetings.

The date of our next meeting:

10th April 2021 via zoom

 

River Welland Bream 2020Fisheries Officer Jake Reeds explores life under the water searching …

Fisheries Officer Jake Reeds explores life under the water searching for Welland Bream

NWWCA Forum 27th Oct 2018Minutes of Consultative Meeting held on 27 Oct 2018 Present …

Minutes of Consultative Meeting held on 27 Oct 2018

Present    John Wadham, Viktor Tzikas, Brian Balderson, Andy Beal, Chris Reeds, Howard Neal, Ivor Stokes, John Newman, Seumas Halliday, David Hawley, Mick Dimmock, Darren Randall.

Apologies   Ray Torrington, Ray Richardson, Kelvin Allen, Simon Bonney, Mark Fox, Hugh Bunker,

David welcomed Darren to the meeting.

Matters arising from 9th June meeting

The dialogue between PDAA and NPT is ongoing but the large dead tree used by cormorants has been removed.

No word on the South Forty Foot sustainable abstraction project yet. Action David to raise with Manfai Tang.

PDAA  has been successful in their Angling Improvement Grant bid.

BDAA had held the first of their lure fishing competitions which had been very successful with 30+ anglers catching 500+ perch.

Both MNTF and Northampton had attended the rearranged Kelmarsh Show and attracted good numbers or prospective new anglers.

Regional/National AT update.

Kelvin provided the following update:

14.4% drop in rod licence sales

Ammonia Nitrate 2nd pollution in Billingford Norfolk 50,000 litres. Is the environment protection regulations sufficient, ongoing discussions between AT and NFU on this.

VBS Phase 2 – Discussed at the National Freshwater Committee and all regional chairs supported the need. Now awaiting outcomes from NAS contract renewal.

Grantham Forum now planned for Feb-Mar 2019

Cambridge Forum 14th Nov.

Nenescape

Kelvin provided the following update

£35,000 granted in year 1, with £45,000 in volunteer effort

Coaching Events – Nearly 500 attendees with 177 Participants

Average attendance at these events is 58 people with 35 participants taking an active part in being coached.

Events held in Peterborough, Wellingborough and Corby, with a focus on bringing together communities, both parents and children.

VBS engagement some of the best in England. We have exceeded our annual voluntary hours by 20%. Indeed in the last 6 months we exceeded this by 38%

182 signs designed and delivered to 15 clubs

Year 2 now being planned with focus on a club support program and contractual tender for the delivery of a structured coaching program.

A series of 6 predator matches being held at Ferry Meadows/River Nene Oct – Dec in partnership with PDAA

More Polish schools in Northampton, Kettering and Wisbech engaged.

Fishery management plan for Ferry Meadows, to include predation from Jake Davoile.

Cormorant Issues

The meeting noted that anglers had not really engaged with the Angling Trusts Cormorant Watch initiative which reduced the Trusts ability to influence the government on the damage that cormorants were doing to fisheries nationally. Indeed figures suggest that the annual permitted cull of 3000 birds had not been met.

However members indicated that these birds were having a significant impact on commercial fisheries in the Nene catchment with the potential to impact on smaller and rarer birds such as kingfishers.

John had produced a number of papers (Cormorant 1) (Cormorant 2) (Cormorant Paper) that demonstrate the extent of the ongoing predation which was supported by counts done at Ringstead  fishery over many years. The group felt that a key issue was a severe underestimate of cormorant numbers. Members felt there may be some merit in carrying out a cormorant count at the same time/day on affected waters. It was suggested that Jake Davoile may be able to provide guidance. Action.  Jake to be invited to the next meeting. It was suggested that Voluntary bailiffs might be able to assist with counts. Action David to raise with Paul Thomas.

Anglian Water has been recording cormorant damage to trout over many years and John has their records. Action  John to ask AW what if anything they did with the data at his next liaison meeting.

Catchment Update and Enforcement Report.

Hugh provided an update on the work of the FBG team that can be viewed here.

It was clear that the EA had done an excellent job of saving fish at many locations during the long hot summer. It was also pleasing to note that other teams besides fisheries had been involved. Brian reported on the excellent cooperation between BDAA and Ops Delivey which had helped reduce the impact of weed growth on the Bargate Drain facilitating angling that normally would not have been possible. Action. David to write to the Area Manager expressing our thanks.

Due to pressing operational work the enforcement report was lacking in detail but this would follow. Action Hugh.

There is an opportunity for up to 10 members to visit the EA fish disease lab at Brampton. Action Names to David by the end of the month.

Simon, by email also reported the following work aligned to Water Framework Directive.

The river restoration project on the Welland at Ashley started last week. Led by Wild Trout Trust, it will restore 1 km of river from its canalised current form. We can’t re-create the meanders, so it’s all in-channel re-profiling work, riffles etc.  Pre-survey on the entire length found 2 fish! The contractors should be off site within 4 weeks. James Hooker should be up to speed on this if he is attending.

 Water Environment Grant:

Most submitted applications ( x9 )  in Welland & Nene made it through the QA and minimum required score which is pleasing, but this does not mean that they will all get funding. The available funding pot over 3 years is £27 million, the total amount applied for nationally was £85 million.  Quite a few projects did not make the grade so the £85 million applied for will in effect be less, but still over-subscribed. All applicants have been written to either with outright rejection letters or where projects have made the grade, letters asking for more  information before any final award decision is made, no doubt to further prioritise the spend. Welland & Nene catchments appeared to have been more successful so far than most.

I am attending the Nene Backwaters steering group later this week so will get to speed with progress / spend on that then, but hopefully Viktor will attend your meeting.

Geoff Gilfillian unfortunately is leaving the Welland River Trust, as his wife has a job down in Cambridge. He has been a godsend, so will be a big loss. I think he must be up to about @£14k in external funding in about 18 months so far, mostly from Tesco’s, and is driving forward the river warden volunteer scheme on the Welland, having engaged communities all the way down. He leaves this and 2,500 trees planted as a legacy. It is rare to find someone with such people & engagement skills. WRT are advertising.

We will be advertising a 2 – 3 year Natural Flood Management assignment post from next week do relieve me of the large volume of enquiries I see now from landowners in W & N which unfortunately I can’t follow up due to the “day job”. It will be part funded by WEIF Capital ( Environment Programme ) and FCRM, but report to me. Part of their time will be spent on Wootton Brook, delivering a draft NFM project that FCRM have had DEFRA funding for as part of a national pilot. It is very encouraging that we are getting the number of pro-active enquiries that we are though I know for sure that some landowners are looking to a post Brexit environment on this.

The Werrington Brook Project in Peterborough is in its penultimate year, with the delivery of improvements to Cuckoo Hollow Lake itself next year. Last week it was the sole recipient of a Highly Commended Award at the Annual British Construction Industry Awards in the Infrastructure Maintenance category, up against bigger projects up to £10 million. Andy Sadler, my PM, deserves much credit for this, but I couldn’t run to the £500 ticket cost for the event for him!

Stillwater Reports

Both John and Seumas reported on difficult conditions for trout fishing during the summer but popular coaching events had continued at both Pitsford and Rutland. For more detail view John’s report here.

John also highlighted the latest recruit into the Building Bridges Team, Janusz Kansik and provided an overview of “Johnny” here.

Club Updates

There was a discussion about the smaller angling clubs that were struggling to survive in the modern age due in large part to declining membership and difficulty in changing to meet new challenges. It was felt that the Consultative was in a position to support these clubs providing they could be persuaded to join. It was agreed that all members should act as ambassadors for the group. Action All to reach out to smaller clubs and encourage them to join.

Forward Look

John Ellis would be presenting on the work of the Canal and Rivers Trust at the next meeting and we would also be discussing a way forward with cormorants.

AOB

 

The date of the next meeting is 19th January 2019.

NWWCA Forum 9th June 2018Minutes of Nene, Welland and Witham Forum held 9th June …

Minutes of Nene, Welland and Witham Forum held 9th June 2018.

 Present  David Hawley, Kelvin Allen, Chris Reeds, Jake Reeds, Brian Balderson, Andy Beal, Howard Neal, John Newman, John Wadham, Hugh Bunker, Ray Richardson, Ray Torrington, Martin Barnatt

 Apologies  Mark Fox, Seumas Halliday, Viktor Tzikas, Simon Bonney, Ivor Stokes, Seumas Halliday, Geoff Gilfinnan

Minutes of April’s meeting

The previous minutes were accepted as accurate with one amendment on the date of the WNDAC event changed to 30th June.  and there were the following matters arising:

Actions

Tree work is still subject to an ongoing dialogue with NPT. There is a further meeting with NPT planned in the coming weeks.

Kelvin has since been in communication with NPT on this matter and is liaising with John Newman.

Election of Officers

It was agreed that all Officers be re-elected on block.

Chairman             David Hawley

Vice Chair            Ray Richardson

Secretary             Kelvin Allen

Treasurer             Ray Torrington

Regional Forum Update

Kelvin gave an update on recent activities both at national and regional level which covered the following areas:

Environmental Greener Brexit

Kelvin highlighted that a joint paper from AT and WWF is to be launched in the coming weeks laying out a six point plan on a potential replacement of the CAP. Much has been in the media and press on this recently as all sides lay out their corresponding positions.

Unstainable Abstraction

Kelvin highlighted the recently launched 10 priority catchments which are being targeted on resolving unstainable abstraction. The South Forty Foot catchment in the NWWCA area is one such catchment and David Hawley agreed to represent the forum in catchment discussions planned to start in the summer. See paper from the EA on this Here.

Regional Forum

The regional forum planned for Grantham on the 2nd May was postponed due to poor take up. It will be rescheduled for later in the year.

Angling Improvement Fund

This year’s AIF has been launched with a £300,000 pot supporting the following areas:

Predation Management

Fishery Improvements

River Access

Access for All (Participation)

Applications are invited by the 31st July 2018.

Nenescape

Kelvin presented the 3rd quarter progress update from Nenescape, some sound progress has been made in visiting many clubs and now polish schools, with some 500 people attending the school sessions in recent weeks. This has highlighted the continuing lack of understanding in fisheries crime, Riparian Rights and willingness to engage with migrate anglers. Member’s opinions were sought on this and the basis of next year’s club program. Which received welcome support. Good news with the Voluntary Bailiffs, as a further 35 folks attended the induction day held in Peterborough on the 12th May with a further 11 VBS attending from the Nene Valley.

This has really raised the bar in terms of active patrols undertaken and has been noted by both EA and Police in the number of responses.

EA Fisheries Survey Overview

Jake Reeds gave an impressive presentation on the work of the area’s fisheries monitoring team.

See the presentation here.

Cormorant Predation                                

Following the last meeting both John Wadham and Howard Neil reported on their findings.

These have been fed into Jake Davoile.

Clearly the area licence model isn’t going to work within the Nene Valley, as some fisheries continue to take an insular approach to the problem on what is clearly a national issue. There is no appetite to progress an Area cormorant control licence as commercial fisheries in the Catchment had their own licences

Clearly the process implemented by the Angling Trust on reporting cormorants via Cormorant Watch hasn’t received full support by the angling community for whatever reason, so it’s difficult for AT to have verified numbers which reflect angler’s personal views on actual numbers and engage with National England. Action Kelvin to discuss with AT the outcomes from the Cormorant Watch and report back to the forum.

11-Jun Update – Having discussed this with Mark Owen AT, he and Mark Lloyd are meeting DEFRA to discuss the Cormorant problem on the 3rd July. However the bar has been raised by the increased environment protection the government are instigating in their current round of Brexit consultations. This means that protected species like Cormorants will potentially receive even more protection, else it would be seen as an easement in environment protection, by many environmentalists. This year is the first that we have almost reached the 3000 cull target however.   

EA FBG and Enforcement Presentation

Hugh presented two papers.

The FBG paper is available Here.

The enforcement paper is available Here.

Stillwater Update

John Wadham presented his report on Rutland Water.

John’s Report

Catchment Update

Hugh gave an overview of the paper attached here.

Club Updates

DSJAC

Ray gave an update on the following.

Following attendance at the IFM workshop, the club have instigated a water quality monitoring program on their lakes.

The  Stibbington dredging works have been completed by the EA

The club has suffered some tree damage impacting on NVR

BDAA

Brian stated that the club was planning a series of spinning/lure competitions aims at the Eastern European angling community.

They have built 4 new disabled pegs on the new lake

PDAA

John have an update on activities within the Club.

They have reported illegal fishing to the Police who have had no knowledge of Operation Transverse. This has been taking up with Paul Thomas.

Discussions with NPT continue.

Match series on Ferry Meadows only large bream caught, some with Cormorant damage.

4 new VB’s don’t really feel engaged and on joint patrols.

Nenescape resilient river works at Elton completed successfully.

WNDAC – Howard reported that their recent Let Fish event hosted with CRT was a huge success, they are now looking to engage with the local scout group.

Blackhorse Fishery sent the following Update

Nene Anglers is a unique collaboration between the neighbouring angling clubs of the Blackhorse based in Nassington and Warmington Angling Club.

In the 2017 season, friends operating the neighbouring waters of the Blackhorse AC and Warmington AC decided to open up their waters allowing members of either club to fish on one another’s venues. This was done to promote fishing in the local area and to discover more about the secrets in our stretches of the river that get so little angling pressure. We decided to call the initiative Nene Anglers, we endeavour to promote fishing, encourage newcomers to angling, and to ensure competition anglers have larger events to attend.

The first ever Nene Anglers season ticket has gone to honorary club ambassador Matt Hayes.

The television celebrity angler, who is a huge fan of the River Nene and the Nene Anglers Project, plans to make a few trips to the venue this summer and autumn.

We are now approaching 200 members for Nene Anglers for the coming 2018 / 2019 season.

We have a new Specimen Cup to fish for based on the Drennan Cup and also have Matches arranged on all the stretches of the Nene Anglers Waters and also will be holding a junior fishing for all the junior members with prizes.

Mid Northants Trout Fishers’ provided the following update. Free monthly sessions at Pitsford have continued this season. The Beast from the East cancelled Kelmarsh Country Fair but it is back on again on 16th -17th June. We will be offering fly casting and fly tying.

We also have courses and events planned later in the year for BASC, Northants Adult Learning and the Angling Trust (Barnwell). With funding from Angling Trust 3 more of our members have obtained level 2 coaching qualifications making 6 in total and 2 Level 1s. We have 10 club competitions through the year which are well attended with usually about 28 anglers or thereabouts.

AOB

GDPR – Kelvin highlighted the need for all to agree to be part of the groups communications.

It was agreed for Kelvin to email all members for them to opt-in as a formal record.

Ray Richardson asked whether both the forum and consultative should consider using more of media communications. Kelvin to discuss with John Cheyne AT.

Dates of Next Meetings

27th Oct 2018

NWWCA Forum 7th April 2018Minutes of Nene, Welland and Witham Forum held 7h April …

Minutes of Nene, Welland and Witham Forum held 7h April 2018.

 Present  David Hawley, Kelvin Allen, Chris Reeds, Brian Balderson, Andy Beal, Howard Neal, Ivor Stokes, John Newman, John Wadham, Hugh Bunker

 Apologies, Ray Richardson, Ray Torrington, Mark Fox, Seumas Halliday, Viktor Tzikas, Barry Harbott, Andy Jackson, Simon Bonney,

.Minutes of Januarys meeting

The previous minutes were accepted as accurate and there were the following matters arising:

Actions

Tree work is still subject to an ongoing dialogue with NPT. There is a further meeting with NPT planned in the coming weeks.

Simon suggested that we should invite Geoff Gilfinnan, the Welland Project Officer, to the Consultative. David has spoken to Geoff and has agreed to attend.

David and Kelvin agreed to respond to this consultation by 26th Jan. Completed

A number of actions were agreed on Cormorant Predation

DH to speak to Howard Neal re. the current views of affected fisheries.

Members of the consultative to encourage club members to report cormorant sightings to the Angling Trust website.

John Wadham to ask Anglian Water about the Cormorant data they collect.

Regional Forum Update

Kelvin gave an update on recent activities both at national and regional level which covered the following areas:

Environmental Greener Brexit

Kelvin highlighted that a joint paper from AT and WWF is to be launched in the coming weeks laying out a six point plan on a potential replacement of the CAP. Much has been in the media and press on this recently as all sides lay out their corresponding positions.

Regional Forum

The first regional forum of 2018 is taking place in Grantham on the 2nd May. Speakers will be Anglian Water on their Pollution Watch scheme, Manfia Tang and Jake Reeds on current EA activities and John Cheyne leading a discussion on the merits of changing the close season.

To register click here.

Nenescape

Kelvin presented the 2nd quarter progress update from Nenescape, some sound progress has been made in visiting many clubs, which has highlighted the continuing lack of understanding in fisheries crime. Member’s opinions were sought on this as the consultative is to be used as a focus group on its evaluation with HLF. A drop in the number of active Voluntary Bailiffs is concerning, however a further induction day is taking place on the 12th May with a further 9 VBS attending from the Nene Valley. Why people are feeling the need to back away from the scheme is open to debate, but concerns continue to be raised on the real outcomes and support from the EA right across the region. Much discussion ensued on this subject and David agreed to write to both Mark Lloyd and the Area Manager on the levels of engagement and support.

Cormorant Predation                                

Following the last meeting actions the following feedback was reported:

Rutland Water seems to host around 4.7$% of the UK cormorant stock. John Wadham to look into the recording on cormorant damaged fish within the venues catch card scheme.

Wellingborough aren’t really engaged with Jake Devoile for whatever reason. They report that the bird levels are higher than ever, even with their existing licence and management techniques.

Peterborough and District have an ongoing engagement with Jake on the ways to manage birds at Ferry Meadows. This is being managed with NPT on an ongoing basis.

EA FBG Presentation

Hugh presented a paper following the deadly pollution incident on the river Witham, the event is subject to legal action, so the actual root cause and defendant can’t be named.

The paper is available Here.

Stillwater Update

John Wadham presented his report on Rutland Water. Although rainbow trout fishing had been badly affected by a gill parasite the brown trout were thriving.

John’s Report

Treasurer Report

Ray provided a financial update in that the balance stands at £912.07.

Catchment Update

Hugh gave a overview of the paper attached here.

An update on the Nenescape Resilent River program is attached here.

Club Updates

PDAA

John have an update on activities within the Club.

A new open match series and the annual Charity Match is being run on Ferry Meadows.

Polish anglers return for their final in September

Hosting the Div II national on the North Bank

Continuing access issues at Wandsford

Cattle Poaching at Stebbington

BDAA

Brian stated it had been a very quiet end to the season. However they have a busy match calendar planned for 2018 subject to weed growth on the river. They hosted an open meeting with the EA in which 20+ people attended last month.

WDNAC – Ivor reported that ticket sales where still strong, even with catch returns on the canal being very poor. The club is holding an event on the 23rd June to celebrate the life of their previous chairman and NWWCA member Brian Crowhurst.

Dates of Next Meetings

9th June 2018

27th Oct 2018

NWWCA Forum 20th Jan 2018Minutes of Nene, Welland and Witham Forum held 20th Jan …

Minutes of Nene, Welland and Witham Forum held 20th Jan 2018.

 Present  David Hawley, Kelvin Allen, Seumas Halliday, Ivor Stokes, John Newman, Viktor Tzikas, , John Wadham, Simon Bonney, Barry Harbott, Andy Jackson, Mark Fox & Steve Cuttler

 Apologies, Ray Richardson, Ray Torrington, Howard Neal, Andy Beal, Mick Dimmock, Hugh Bunker

Several members gave their apologies as they were attending a two day IFM fisheries workshop in Peterborough.

David welcomed Mark and Steve from the recently formed Nene Anglers, a collaboration between Blackhorse and Warmington Angling Clubs.

Minutes of Octobers meeting

The previous minutes were accepted as accurate and there were the following matters arising:

Tree work is still subject to an ongoing dialogue.There appears to be another issue with trees within the Nene Park Trust Estate at Back Dyke. Ongoing awaiting next meeting with NPT.

Kelvin had discussed the cormorant survey internally within the Trust and there appears no conflict of interest or duplication.

Stibbington works have been resolved financially.

Regional Forum Update

Kelvin gave an update on recent activities both at national and regional level which covered the following areas:

Angling Improvement Fund

The 2nd round of funding for 2017/18 is currently open until the end of the month, with £400,000 of rod licence funds available.

EA Environment Permits

The EA has a consultation open on its proposed changes to issuing environment permits. The angling trust is asking clubs and consultatives to respond to this consultation as the proposed charges seem excessive. See link below.

http://www.anglingtrust.net/news.asp?itemid=4288&itemTitle=Help+us+challenge+increase+in+charges+for+EA+permits+to+carry+out+essential+work+in++rivers&section=29&sectionTitle=Angling+Trust+News

River Pollution

Kelvin highlighted the recent reports on neonicotiniods found in our rivers, some in east Anglia being the worst in the country.

http://www.anglingtrust.net/news.asp?section=29&sectionTitle=Angling+Trust+News&itemid=4286

Ouse Washes

Kelvin reported that the ongoing efforts to resolve the annual water quality and low Dissolved Oxygen levels seemingly has little support within the wider environmental communities. Indeed this highlights what little protection there is for native coarse fish. With no solution to the problem the EA will continue to spend many £k annually on fish rescue operations.

Kelvin reported that the equivalent consultative looking after the Broads, has dissolved and been recreated as a new incorporated Community Interest Company BASG CIC. This will enable it to not only be a consultative, but more structurally act to bring more funding and deliver projects to support what is England’s largest inland fishery.

Nenescape

The awarding of phase II of the scheme from the Heritage Lottery is now complete. Kelvin is actively progressing the program on Club Engagement which will start in December and be followed with an Education Program in Polish Saturday Schools from April 2018. Andy Beal has been recruited as a part time project officer working for the Angling Trust to deliver this.

Kelvin wondered whether the consultative should support a Nene focussed Barbel management plan, supporting the resilent rivers theme within Nenescape. This is looking to enhance and restore up to 13 Nene backwaters, which currently are supporting a productive Barbel fishery in a number of locations. AJ suggested that the restoration of backwater fisheries should not just be about Barbel. Action it was agreed to have further discussion on this in the future.          

EA Management Meeting Feedback                                

David reported his recent meeting which Kelvin, James Roche attended with Manfi Tang and his team. The following items were discussed.

Winter water retention levels

Tree Management on the Witham

EA communications and use of social media

Fisheries Resource and tracking

Enforcement

Drought Potential for 2018/19

Angling Development Opportunities

Cormorant Predation                                

David reported his recent dialogue with Jake Devoile on the progression of the area licence. This hasn’t progressed as needed as many fisheries seem to have backed away from the concept. John Newman updated the group on the cormorant situation at Ferry Meadows and his ongoing discussions with the Nene Regional Park.

A number of actions were agreed.

Action DH to speak to Howard Neal re. the current views of affected fisheries.

Action Members of the consultative to encourage club members to report cormorant sightings to the Angling Trust website.

Action John Wadham to ask Anglian Water about the Cormorant data they collect.

EA FBG Presentation

James presented the comprehensive report provided by Hugh including rod licence enforcement data. It was noted that fishery survey reports for 2017 were currently being prepared and it was suggested that an overview should be presented at the next meeting. Action Hugh.

FBG Report Here.

Stillwater Update

John Wadham presented his report on Rutland Water. Although rainbow trout fishing had been badly affected by a gill parasite the brown trout were thriving.

John’s Report

Seumas gave an update on things happening at the other Stillwater fisheries including angling participation events and the welcome replenishment of the water tables, following recent rainfall.

Catchment Update

Simon Bonney reported on the multitude of initiatives occurring at the catchment scale on the Nene and Welland. The Lamport Estate, comprising some 2000 acres, had decided to support a range of initiatives that would benefit the aquatic environment. Simon suggested that we should invite Geoff Gilfinnan, the Welland Project Officer, to the Consultative. Action DH/SB

The changes being proposed by DEFRA for grant funding to become a 3 year cycle were welcomed. This year there will be a new Water Environment Grant to enable organisations to bid for money  to deliver suitable projects. Simon offered to help organisations prepare suitable bids which need to be worked up soon as bids can be submitted from March. It was noted that the EA is not able to submit bids so the onus is very much on other bodies to engage with the process.

Simon also asked for some comments/ideas on the national strategic monitoring review in which the river Welland is one of 3 pilot areas. David and Kelvin agreed to respond to this consultation by 26th Jan. Action DH/KA. Members should submit any suggestions to them ahead of this date. Think ouside of the box. Action All

Regional Forum

The next forum is planned for Grantham 2nd May 2018. It was intended that Anglian Water would present their Pollution Watch initiative.

Club Updates

WDNAC – Ivor reported on the additional 400 members they have recruited following an increased publicity drive for the club, now some 2000 strong. They have recently completed the installation of 1 mile of otter proof fencing on their waters.

Mid Northants Fly Fishers – Seumas highlighted that more coaches are coming through and this supported their plans for monthly coaching sessions and supporting the vibrant number of country shows in his patch.

Nene Anglers – Steve gave an overview of his club which was only formed last year.

Kelvin to arrange a visit by Andy Beal.

Willow Brook Fly Fishers – Barry spoke about his club’s habitat and cattle poaching improvement  work.

Treasurers Update

None

Dates of Next Meetings

7th April 2018.

9th June 2018

27th Oct 2018

LOFFCA 8th April 2019Lower Ouse & Fenland Fisheries Consultative Association  Meeting on Monday …

Lower Ouse & Fenland Fisheries Consultative Association

 Meeting on Monday 8th April 2019 Heron House Ely at 7.15 pm.

 Established 2004                                                                                         Angling Trust membership number 631

 1.1 The meeting was informed of the evacuation procedure.

1.2) Apologies of absence: .

Paul Frost (Littleport AC), Alan Nelson (WAC), AoB was listed for later.

Those attending:

R Hiom, Colin Dodd (Treasurer), Chris Middleton (EA), Mark Leach (UAC), Terry Easey (CAAS) Alan Leonard, Norman Knightley, (Histon AC), Peter Mottram, Neil Everard (SWAC),Tony Brooks (EBAC), Andrew Stockton (MAC), Kelvin Allen (AT), Richard West (LAPS), John Pope (CFP Coaching).

  • Previous minutes and actions:

The previous minutes were accepted as a good record with one typo correction. The master copy has been corrected.

  • Matters Arising
  • Speaker – not arranged for this
  • AGM 2019

The annual accounts were discussed. Balance at bank is £193.93. RH was proposed as Chairman by KA, Seconded Alan Leonard CD ”           ”         ” Treasurer by RH, Seconded Peter Mottram Both were voted in unanimously for a further twelve month.

An additional request was made by RH for someone to take up the notes of the meeting and production and distribution of the minutes. John Pope was proposed by Norman Knightley, Seconded Peter Mottram and with RH abstaining the vote was unanimous.

  • Constitutional update

Proposition 1; that an annual fee of £10 is made to all members. Proposed RH, Seconded N Knightly.

The new member one off payment of £30 is to be deleted. The membership will be asked, following this meeting, to pay an annual fee of £10 and the decision time is AGM until 1st July 2019. After that time all clubs and individuals who have not paid the annual fee will be deemed to be resigning from LOFFCA.

Proposition accepted unanimously.

The £10 fee will be reviewed at each AGM and the decision to charge for the ensuing year will be taken annually as, after discussion, it was considered unnecessary to have any more than management funds in the Loffca account.

Furthemore, the constitution 6c shall have delete 31 December, insert 31 March to change the Loffca financial year.

Proposition accepted unanimously.

Proposition 2: the westward boundary of the LOFFCA area is moved westerly to the A1 road. Proposed KA, Seconded RH.

There will be ongoing works to mailshot new clubs and promote membership of Loffca in clubs who did not join last time.

Proposition accepted unanimously.

  • AT East Anglian Forum – Kelvin Allen
    • The Polish contact in the AT has changed to Janusz His predecessor having returned to Poland.
    • The AT contract with the EA has been confirmed for a further four
    • The “Let’s Fish” campaign in Nenescape, some 20 events, will take place between April and September with venues in Wellingborough, Oundle and Peterborough. With free entry the winner will fish the Junior National on 16 Sept 2019.
    • There is to be a concentrated effort on Cormorant predation in Peterborough and
  • EA Representative – Chris Middleton

Chris’s notes are prepared as a pdf and circulated with the minutes.

  • Water Resources

Nothing to report at this meeting

  • Local Issues

There are issues on the Old Bedford but they are still being actively monitored.

Phosphate issues are ongoing and a practical study has issues. However there is an STW study.

  • AOB

Stationery: the overall situation is available with John Pope. He is awaiting RH to confirm needs and quantities. RH is also considering a new email address to split his incoming email traffic.

Meeting ended 10pm

Next meeting 1st July 2019

Next AGM 13 April 2020