Monthly Archives: May 2015

Riverside Angling Club, Upper Bristol Avon near Malmesbury

Bristol Avon Rivers Trust (BART) recently completed the final stages of a project led by the Riverside Angling Club following initial planning advice from BART. The project was designed to improve the spawning potential of a stretch of the river at Cowbridge near Malmesbury.
The initial stage involved fencing off a cattle drink on the stretch below the boulder weir on the clubs stretch of water at Cowbridge. The club raised funds for the fencing from Wiltshire County Council. The Barbel Society kindly agreed to finance the in stream improvements required to complete the project. This work was undertaken by BART and the Wild Trout Trust.

The work included the construction of two brushwood berms and two flow deflectors sited a short distance below the boulder weir, using natural woody materials available on site. These are designed to use the increased flows following heavy rainfall to help the river naturally scour the gravels which currently are detrimentally affected by silting. When flows return, these structures will concentrate flows onto the riverbed increasing scour and resulting in cleaner substrates for spawning fish and invertebrates. The berms will also allow the recovery of the poached bankside and help to narrow the river by encouraging deposition and the establishment of vegetation behind them.

It is great to have received this support from the Barbel Society who encourage similar work to be completed by angling clubs across the country for the benefit of barbel and other river fish. Hopefully in years to come this site will be an addition to the few natural barbel spawning areas on the upper Bristol Avon.

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Angling Trust and Fish Legal Spring 2015 raffle

Take part in the Angling Trust and Fish Legal Spring 2015 raffle and you could win one of 10 great prizes. Top prize is a dream fishing holiday for two in Venezuela worth £8,500 provided by Roxtons Field Sports. Other prizes include a short-break holiday at one of the Forest Holidays centres in the UK, Daiwa tackle vouchers worth a total of £3,000 and annual subscriptions to Bauer Media Group angling titles including Angling Times, Sea Angler and Trout & Salmon. The minimum entry is just £2.

Full details and entry at Please could you promote this at every opportunity. We have some publicity going out to Bauer media readers shortly, but it would be really helpful if you could get this out via e-mail, word of mouth, Facebook, Twitter and if necessary shouting from the roof tops!

Many thanks for your support as ever and all best wishes, Mark

Mark Lloyd
Chief Executive
Angling Trust, Fish Legal

By |May 6th, 2015|News|Comments Off on Angling Trust and Fish Legal Spring 2015 raffle|

The 20th Anniversary Barbel Show, 2015

Current details for the 2015 show and ability to purchase tickets now available here Barbel Show 2015


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