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???
The Club is a private one, founded in 1877, of approximately sixty-four members and six Town Rod subscribers. The Club’s waters consist of about 12 miles of wild brown trout & grayling fishing in the main River Frome, River Cerne and River Piddle, together with attendant carriers and side streams. The waters extend both above and below the town of Dorchester and the Club employs a part-time keeper.
Day Tickets are only available during the trout season and only on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays & Bank Holidays. (season 1st April – 14th October)
The Police have made it quite clear that poaching is a crime in progress covered by the 1968 Theft Act. Members should always call 999 to report it and not phone the keeper. Without a report the police will not be aware of the extent of a problem.
If possible note or photo vehicles.
Stress if you are vulnerable/elderly or at risk of intimidation..
In order to give the call handler an accurate location they recommend putting the “what3words” app on your smartphone. Click here…
Angling’s representative body, the Angling Trust, has a web site for anglers to record sightings of cormorants, goosanders and mergansers throughout the UK: www.cormorantwatch.com The site is easy to use and will gather vital data to help persuade government of the need for action to protect fisheries.
Invasive plants and animals can carry diseases that kill fish, block waterways and banks, interfering with fishing. They can be small and hard to spot, so are easily spread on damp clothing and equipment.
Protect the environment and fishing you enjoy, by keeping your kit free of invasive plants and animals.
To find out more please visit
the NNSS Website