Safety & Risk Assessment Statement

General Risks associated with Angling on a Chalkstream

Animals – Rats, Cattle, Horses, Sheep may be encountered. Cows – especially with calves and bulls can be unpredictable and hence dangerous – approach them with due caution.

Banks – Beware of undercuts in banks and take particular care when banks are wet and slippery.

Birds – Swans are rarely aggressive but are best left alone.

Casting – Always show consideration towards other people on the banks and ensure you have suitable eye protection and appropriate clothing.

Chalkstreams – can be deceptive in depth. What looks to be 2ft deep can be 6ft! Some areas will have deep pools.

Diseases – Wiels disease is transmitted in Rat and Cow urine. Never put wet line or equipment in your mouth. Wash your hands or use antiseptic wipes before eating or smoking. Use waterproof plasters on cuts or abrasions. Undesirable bacteria may be present in animal droppings and the river water – take suitable precautions.

Hypothermia – Ensure that suitable clothing, including waders, is worn.

Insects – Use insect repellent when necessary.

Lightning – You are ideally earthed when in the water or on a damp bank. Take cover well away from trees – a car is a good refuge!

Paths – Slips, trips and falls can be dangerous so only use obvious paths beside the river.

People – Be constantly on the look out for other people on the river bank.

Power Lines – Beware of walking or fishing under power lines and remember that electricity can travel over considerable distances. You are ideally earthed when in the water and graphite (rod?) is an excellent conductor!

Silting – Can cause concerns. Whilst there will be solid ground underneath the depth of silt cannot always be gauged

Sun – Suitable clothing, high factor sun screen and sun glasses are advised.

Trees – Fishing under trees can be unsafe in windy conditions. Beware of falling branches.

Wading – When wading do not get out of your depth, only wade where it is safe to do so and take great care in fast water and on stretches with a rocky river bed. Use a wading staff for stability and to test the depth of your next step. Wear correct soles for the conditions. If in doubt always wear an automatic lifejacket.

Weed growth – Can cause wading difficulties

Note: Dorchester Fishing Club accepts no liability of whatsoever nature arising from death or bodily injury or for loss of, or damage to, property of any kind.