Well the project is very much in its final stages with the majority of works having been completed. Dawnus have spent the week finishing off various pieces of work including, the fitting of the mesh flooring over the fish pass, installing the lighting box for the video equipment and fitting out the new kiosk. This has included having the power hooked up and turned on.
On Monday the divers will be back in to cut the sheet piles in front off the fish pass, with a temporary stop log being installed to keep the fish pass dry (for now). On Thursday the trash boom is being delivered and this should be installed by the end of the week. On Friday the divers will be back to install the GRP extension to bottom of the fish pass that will hold one of the PIT tag aerials. As long as this work all goes to plan the temporary stopped log is scheduled to be removed next Monday (11th) and the water will flow down the fish pass for the first time. If anyone would like to attend the site while this is happening then please contact me first.
Dawnus are then aiming to finish on-site and by completed by the 15th.
We (that is a colleague and myself) will be back on site with the supplier of the PIT tag equipment to install it at the beginning of September. In the meantime though we should have the video equipment up and running to see if any fish choose to use the pass in August.
I’ll send a final update when the water flows (so to speak).
Fisheries Technical Specialist
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