A great mornings work above 10-Hatches, with all the encroaching tress and bushes removed – thanks to those who turned out and helped..
Saturday 26th November – 9am – Ten Hatches – tree clearing – meet London Road lay-by (next to Piddlehinton turning)
Tuesday 15 November 7:30 pm
Herrison Hall — Charlton Down — Watts Room
Speaker: Sarah Williams, DWT Dorset Wild Rivers Officer
We shall fight them on the river banks : defeating the aliens
It’s big, it’s strong, it comes from the Himalayas and it stifles any living thing within reach. No, not the mythical yeti, but the alien plant Himalayan balsam, which is leading an invasion of Dorset’s rivers. Dorset Wildlife Trust & Dorset Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG) have launched an offensive to give this and other harmful alien plants the elbow before it is too late for native river wildlife.
‘Return of the Natives’ is a 3 year project to remove Himalayan balsam from the Frome, its tributaries and other local rivers, and to examine the extent of the threat from other alien plants.
This will be a progress report and an encouragement for anyone interested to join the battle – or is it a brush war?
Contact for info: Allan Reese 01305 269912
I did get to the Frome on Monday 31st October as planned, the water was slightly coloured, and conditions were good. Sure enough, the grayling were still well spread out in view of the relatively high temperatures. Plenty of grayling came to the nymph, mostly with delicate takes so I am sure there were many that I never even registered. The best fish measured 16″ and bright beadheads were ignored in favour of the trusty green Czech nymph (small pheasant tail also did well).
It was an excellent day but it didn’t seem right fishing for grayling in such warm weather (no need for flask or buns) so I’m looking forward to a real ‘winter’ trip soon. Or perhaps I should be careful what I wish for…
All the best,