Were out again today, but although depleted in numbers still managed to move and re-wire about 40 posts, about 20 of which were renewed. It was hard graft as all the posts had to be hand carried from Whitfield hatches about half a mile upstream – this was necessary as John’s truck was bogged down axle deep requiring a shove out by the team as job #1.
John’s chariot safely un-bogged, the team set to work. The banter came thick and fast but the jokes are still awful. Excellent coffee break [thanks Brian] picnic lunch [thanks John] and even fortified with mulled wine. My word these guys know how to do it!
As you can see from the pictures, the work was tackled cheerily and with a sense of stile (!).
On one of the coldest mornings of the year a group of hardy Members met to help John Aplin repair a section of fencing under Poundbury. He brought along with him his new Honda Post Driver, which at first glance didn’t seem man enough to knock a toothpick into the ground. But it was an amazing piece of kit and helped us repair an astonishing length of fencing in record time.
More fencing work on the Friday 10th February – it is worth coming along just to see the Post Driver in action….!
We have had several work parties so far this winter, all well attended with a handful of new faces turning up o find it’s not just hard work but great fun, may you all catch a big fish from those areas you have worked on.. Cheers John (River Keeper)
Please also note there are a lot of trout & sea trout Redds about at the moment, please take care where you tread, even in very shallow water.
Fantastic amount of work has been achieved today, if you are free Tomorrow or Wednesday, please pop along with your waders and help out..! Meet Gascoyne Bridge at 9am…
What amazing work a team of willing & happy volunteers can achieve in a day. It was unfortunate that I was the only representative from the fishing fraternity, the others were regular Wildlife Trust volunteers.
I think it is about time all local fishing organisations, fishermen, riparian owners, fishing clubs/syndicates and the Dorset Wildlife Trust all get together to draw up a battle plan for this persistent pest!!
The Monnow Rivers Association have all but eradicated balsam from their catchment area and I know they would be only too happy to share their success stories – come on lets roll up our shirts up and tackle the Himalayan Balsam once and for all!! (rolling up shirts when balsam pulling isn’t recommended because of all the stinging nettles – as I found out today!!)
One club in Worcestershire stipulates that members should pull 50 balsam plants each fishing visit – might be worth a go on the Club water next year???
A big thank you to the EA for their excellent fencing work below Louds Mill, protecting valuable chalk stream habitat.
This area has in the past been subject to fairly heavy cattle poaching causing damage both in stream and on the banks, now the eco system as a whole can work in relative peace.
John Aplin (River Keeper)
The work continues to improve access and removal of this years tree growth. Plus the River Keeper John Aplin landed a superb 12b pike, which he caught on the fly from the Club’s water.
Here is the old stile, which was getting increasingly difficult to climb over.
A mornings work later and we now have a new stile (just to the right of the old one).
Plus a new stile to access the water above Loud’s Mill…
Early the next day our own Paul Mildren and visiting grayling expert George Ashton are first to use the new stile..
John’s fly caught pike…
Today three of us tidied the River Piddle fishery.. A work party will be arranged in the New Year to repair a bridge and build more stiles!
A short time lapse of clearing one of the many pools on the River Piddle.
Friday 30th October 9.00am Whitfield Hatches building “Flow Deflectors”
Saturday 5th December 9.00am Poundbury “tree trimming”
Busy clearing a fallen tree on the Upper Water this week & giving the bank a quick haircut! John Aplin
The River Keeper John Aplin & the Chairman Bryan Sennett had a busy day on the Lower Water restoring the fishing hut ready for the new season.