Monthly Archives: March 2015

West Midlands Regional Meeting – 26th April

West Midlands Regional Meeting – 26th April

The Barbel Society West Midlands region presents an evening with Terry Theobald and Rob Swindells.

7pm Sunday 26th April 2015

at Aston Manor Cricket Club
Church Road
West Midlands
B42 2LA

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Lancashire Regional Meeting – 20th April

Lancashire Regional Meeting – 20th April

The Barbel Society Lancashire region presents an evening with Lee Swords.

7pm Monday 20th April 2015

at the Hinds Head
Manchester Road

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Berkshire Regional Meeting – 15th April

Berkshire Regional Meeting – 15th April

The Barbel Society Berkshire region presents an evening with Graham Elliot and Paul Monaghan.

7pm Wednesday 15th April 2015

at the Lands End Pub
RG10 0UE

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Warwickshire Regional Meeting – 22nd March

The Barbel Society Warwickshire region presents an evening with Phil Smith.

7pm Sunday 22nd March 2015

at the Granville Hotel
Wellesbourne Road
CV35 8DS

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Water is precious – have your say

There are only 28 days left to have your say on the draft plans for the future of the water environment near you.

You can see the draft updated river basin management plan consultation documents at
The Environment Agency first contacted you in October 2014 about a major consultation to develop river basin management plans that will set the direction of investment and action in the water environment for years to come.

We are waiting for your feedback on these plans. They set out a clear economic case for cleaner rivers, lakes, coasts and groundwater, and propose long-term objectives for sustainable use of land and water, resilient to the impacts of flood, drought and climate change.

Have you read the consultation documents yet? Are you ready to submit your response? Our e-consultation system makes it quick and easy. We are interested in your views and what you have to say really will make a difference to the plans.

You don’t need to register – but by registering you can save and amend your comments until you are ready to submit them. Those who respond before the closing date of 10 April 2015 give us the maximum amount of time to update the plans.

This consultation is your opportunity to be part of the conversation on priorities and to influence decisions on investment. Please help to spread the word by including details of this consultation in your regular communications to your staff/members and external networks.

Paul Leinster
Chief Executive
Environment Agency

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Sutton Fish-in February 2015

Last Saturday I organised a fish in on Sutton, about 11 anglers turned up to brave the conditions, some I had met before and was a good opportunity to catch up with old friends, others were new and came to see the fishery and what the society was about.

Its a beast of a river the tidal Trent and many were at first daunted by the appearance, I was myself the first time I saw it.

Friday night quite a few came up and stayed in the pub because of the long journey many had travelled, a perfect excuse to meet the new lads for a pint and some lunch and have a nice relaxed chat.

Saturday morning I met the lads who had travelled up early morning at 6 on the river, by this point the weather had turned and was blowing a gale and lashing down with rain, brief introductions saw us all running for cover.

During the day the wind got worse and by early evening it was blowing a right old gale. Fortunately the weather didnt put the fish of and although not everyone caught a couple of the lads did catch barbel to 12lb 7oz while others had chub and bream, some of us got nothing at all.

Those that stayed on for the saturday night soon packed up in the morning, the weather was shocking how any of us had any gear left after that wind I dont know, thankfully everything was nailed down.

About 11 o’clock those left met up on the river for the custom goodbyes and offers to meet up again before the long journey home. I look forward to the next one.

Jerry Gleeson


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Rivers Week 2015

Monday 16th March
Practical day: Come and see how electric fishing surveys are carried out. With help from the Wild Trout Trust, we will be surveying sites on the River Whitewater.

Tuesday 17th and Thursday 19th March
Practical day: Get your wellies on and spend a day (or two?!) improving your local river with help from the experts! Join us at Swallowfield on the Blackwater, we will be showcasing simple and cheap ways to work with natural processes and improve our rivers – for people and wildlife.

Friday 20th March
Workshop: Visual demonstration of how flood risk can be managed using natural processes, using the EmRiver model.

For more information and to book your place for the events on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, please contact:

For more information and to book your place for the Friday workshop, please contact

Places are limited for all days listed.

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Operation CLAMP DOWN 3 – Coming For The Close Season

Wednesday 4th March 2015
Operation CLAMP DOWN 3 – Coming For The Close Season

Throughout the coarse close season, the Voluntary Bailiff Service (VBS), Environment Agency (EA) and various police forces throughout South East England will again be working in partnership to target illegal fishing on rivers in SE England during Operation CLAMP DOWN 3.

People who fish illegally are poachers. The police understand that poachers are often involved in wider criminality, including theft and drugs and that several million anglers represent a valuable source of rural intelligence. This is why it is increasingly important for all stakeholders to work together, sharing intelligence and mounting joint operations accordingly.

The VBS remains a pilot project in SE England, but all anglers throughout England can contribute to the process, regardless of location, by reporting offences in progress or any information either to the EA on 0800 80 70 60 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The Angling Trust’s National Enforcement Manager, retired police officer Dilip Sarkar MBE, said: “The VBS exists to principally support the EA in the fight to protect fish and fisheries, and we are delighted to have the police’s support in this endeavour. Likewise, if we can help the police in the fight against Rural and Wildlife Crime – we will.”

Adrian Brightley, VBS Project Manager for the Environment Agency, said: “It is great to see everyone working together like this – which sends out a powerful message to offenders. We are all very keen for this to continue.”

For further information about Operation CLAMP DOWN 3 or photographs, please contact
Dilip Sarkar | | 07971 677 638

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