Kings Weir River Lea by Chris Jones

Well late summer and autumn has been kind to anglers at Kings Weir. Loads of different fish have been making an appearance on the bank. Whilst a tough period with the water low and clear, as many other rivers have been around the country, it has been a period of many venue personal best’s.

Twelve of the best include:

Chris Jones 11lb 12oz

Ray Kent 14lb 0oz

Tony Chillingford 11lb 0oz

Jerry Brown 14lb 9oz

Mr B 16lb 9oz

Mark Ellis 13lb 8oz

Andy Tredgett 14lb 13oz

Big Steve 14lb 11oz

Phil Buckingham 16lb 0oz

Not forgetting the youngsters, this lad was made up, look at the smile, Connor Libby-Newton 6lb 6oz

Amusingly it was only in early November that I sat with Andy Tredgett musing over the absence of the Chub. Excuse the inclusion of these Chevin, but the following have graced anglers nets in the last four weeks:

Mr B 7lb 12oz

Chris Jones 7lb 4oz

Andy Tredgett 7lb 1oz

Mike Staines 7lb 0oz

For now, tight lines to everyone from Kings Weir

By |November 25th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Kings Weir River Lea by Chris Jones|

Regional Roundup – South West & Wilts Region

Well here’s an update for a region which has not seen much action at all, for some years now.

I have been corresponding with Des Richardson (Former R.O) and we are hoping to “liven-up” the region for 2017.

I have been touching base with our local Environment Agency representatives, Bristol Avon Rivers Trust, some of our local angling clubs, and attending our local area Angling Trust meetings.

I am especially interested in the Research & Conservation element of our Society, and it`s work for the preservation of our rivers, and the angling we all love. I am also keen that we all can share our knowledge, experience, and common ground, through meeting up socially.

There will be a meeting/R&C fundraiser to come (details to follow) which will be the first chance for many new members & local non-members to get together.

We are all aware that many of the few Barbel rivers we have in the region have all been affected with lower Barbel numbers. But, on a positive note, there is much work (and research funding) going into this from the societies perspective, and also from that of those other organisations we are working with. So the future for the region is looking much brighter than perhaps four years ago!

To all those who fall into this region or would like to pay the area a visit, or give any input, please do not hesitate to make contact, and we shall be able to make arrangements. And for those Society members (Countrywide) who wish to contribute or share anything, the same truly does apply.

Let’s look forward to a new year in Barbel fishing for our region, together with the Barbel Society!

Tight Lines,
Shaun Nurse.

By |November 25th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Regional Roundup – South West & Wilts Region|

Rod licence income helps fund over 50 projects to benefit fish and fishing

Another 54 angling projects have benefitted from a share of £200,000 from the Angling Improvement Fund (AIF).

Administered by the Angling Trust in partnership with the Environment Agency, the AIF reinvests income from rod licence sales into ventures that aid freshwater fishing nationwide.

With every project also attracting financial or in-kind support through match-funding, it means that schemes totaling over half-a-million pounds have benefitted from the fund.

The latest winning applications include projects to protect fisheries from predation, encourage more people to go fishing, improve facilities at clubs and fisheries, and to safeguard venues. They were awarded under the following four themes:

Otter-proof fencing:

Unsustainable predation by otters can have a devastating effect on angling venues and has become an issue of major concern to anglers. Applications from commercial fisheries and clubs for otter-proof fencing projects were invited and eight projects have been selected for funding (bringing to 11 the total number supported through the AIF) and will share awards worth £31,926. Fencing projects are an expensive undertaking and the match funding secured by these projects, worth more than £158,000, is critically important.

Best unfunded proposals from previous rounds:

More than 300 applications were submitted to the first two rounds of the AIF, many more than could be funded. Aware of the large number of good projects it had to decline, the judging panel reviewed past entries and awarded funds totalling £77,931 to 21 projects, including 17 focused on junior angling. Most of the winning projects are now in place or are close to completion and the amount of match funding secured by the applicants totalled over £81,000 in this category.

Community waters:

As a key part of making fishing much more accessible to those new to the sport, funding was allocated to […]

By |September 21st, 2016|News|Comments Off on Rod licence income helps fund over 50 projects to benefit fish and fishing|

Native Crayfish Deaths: Environment Agency Information

Crayfish deaths in watercourses in our area, and increased biosecurity

The Environment Agency is investigating the deaths of our rare protected native white clawed Crayfish in three locations across the Severn and Wye river catchment. It is expected that the cause of this will be confirmed as Crayfish Plague which is very infectious for Crayfish.

White clawed Crayfish look like miniature lobsters, they hide away under rocks and logs during the day, and emerge during the night to eat. They are our largest freshwater invertebrate and the few remaining populations are very vulnerable to this disease and face local extinction. Crayfish Plague is a species specific disease and has no implications for human or other animal health. It is a water mold (fungus) that is carried mainly by American Signal Crayfish and it’s spores can be easily transported and transferred from infected waters by people and animals.

Dead white clawed Crayfish have been seen in the following catchments:

• Nailsworth Stream, Gloucestershire
• Dowles Brook, Wyre Forest
• The River Redlake, Shropshire

White Clawed Crayfish maybe infected, but apparently healthy, and continue to die for several weeks in these locations therefore an outbreak of Crayfish Plague can last for several weeks. The disease can be transferred to White Clawed Crayfish via water and mud on damp clothes, footwear, bike tyres, fishing or boating equipment or any machinery. The Crayfish Plague pathogens can live for 22 days on damp clothes or equipment.

We are asking the public to stay out of watercourses in these areas. If you are using equipment in any river, to stop the spread of the Plague, other infectious diseases or invasive species, please follow these steps:

• Clean off any mud or vegetation and remove any standing water.
• Either thoroughly […]

By |September 16th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Native Crayfish Deaths: Environment Agency Information|

Midlands Fundraiser 2016 – Saturday 8th October

The Barbel Society
Midlands’ Rivers Annual Research & Conservation Fundraiser 2016

Fellow Angler,
Our first event proved to be a great success with the Society raising just shy of £3000. All proceeds were put towards the Teme PHD project and radio tracking the movement of barbel within the river system.
We aim to build on this project year on year and as time goes on, The Barbel Society will face a growing list of habitat restoration projects and enhancement schemes that will not only benefit the barbel but all species, as well as improving habitat for all wildlife along the way.


Our second instalment of the Midlands rivers fundraiser event will be held on the 8th October 2016 and consist of a friendly fishing competition taking place in the day over three prolific fisheries on the river Severn and Teme (car permits and maps will be issued to all guests prior to event), followed by a fantastic 3-course meal and auction in the evening at The Fownes Hotel in the heart of Worcester city centre. Our guest speaker for the evening will be none other than Des Taylor.

A cost of £50 per head will include your entry to the fishing match, dinner at the hotel in the evening and a chance to bid on some fantastic lots in the auction.

For those of you intending on an overnight stay at the hotel, you will need to book early to avoid disappointment as we only have a certain amount of rooms reserved for the event. All details and references for bookings will be provided with each application. Alternative accommodation in and around the malvern hills can be provided upon request.

If you would like to receive an invitation to this years event […]

By |September 5th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Midlands Fundraiser 2016 – Saturday 8th October|

Volunteer Sampling Gammarus for Fish Parasites

Please see the notice from the Environment Agency below:

A project is underway to establish the distribution of a fish parasite that uses the freshwater shrimp Gammarus pulex as an intermediate host. The parasite we are interested in is a spiny-headed worm called Pomphorynchus. It causes the shrimp Gammarus pulex to develop either single or multiple orange spots in the body, like those in the picture above. These spots increase the chances of the shrimp being eaten by a fish, completing the life cycle of the parasite.

Please see the information sheet from the EA (link below) to see how you can help.

By |August 10th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Volunteer Sampling Gammarus for Fish Parasites|

Spawning Survey

The Barbel Society is once again spearheading a national survey of barbel spawning sites on UK rivers.

The purpose of the survey is to gather data on the dates and times of barbel spawning activity, and to build a central national register of barbel spawning sites in order to improve our understanding of barbel recruitment factors, as well as to enable better protection of those sites.

If you can help, please fill in the form on the page Spawning Survey with as much detail as possible.

By |May 8th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Spawning Survey|

Barbel School – 20th/ 21st August 2016

Held over the weekend of the 20th / 21st August on a private section of the stunning River Teme, the Barbel School 2016 will be open to members and non BS members alike.

This weekend is ideally aimed at the newcomer to barbel fishing who wishes to gain a solid grounding to kick-start their passion. Please be aware that this weekend will not be constant fishing for two days, it is a learning weekend for anglers to hopefully take away something new!

Itinerary for the two days will include:

An opening introduction and a bacon sandwich breakfast (Saturday morning)
Tackle selection and suitability
Baits and bites
Fish welfare
Fish location and watercraft
Night fishing
Fishing time
Saturday night BBQ and much more….

(Please be aware that no alcohol is to be consumed until the evening and you have FINISHED fishing for the day)

Please bring along with you a suitable tent/ bivvy for your overnight stay with suitable outdoor wet weather gear, enough personal food and stove. Tea and coffee will be provided throughout the day. Bring your normal fishing gear and bait.

Because of the nature and intimacy of this river places are limited to 10 people on a first come first served basis. The price for this years’ Barbel School will be £40 per head for the two full days including BBQ and breakfast.

Cheques should be made payable to The Barbel Society with a SAE to ensure either a confirmation note reaches you or the return of your cheque if you miss the list, can you also please provide contact details for yourself including a mobile number.

Post to: Simon Asbury, 49 Dartmouth Close, Walsall, West Midlands, WS3 1SU.
Phone: 0780 8079199

Note that as attendees of the Barbel School you will be expected to adhere to […]

By |April 13th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Barbel School – 20th/ 21st August 2016|

Get Out There – Get Fishing!

New events and venues website launched –

The mission to drive up angling participation and the GetOutThere campaign is getting a boost with a new information based website. Put together by the Angling Trust and supported by the Environment Agency and Sport England it will contribute to their goal to get more people active and fishing more often.

The Get Out There – Get Fishing site details hundreds of angling events and venues, plus the facilities and activities on offer.

The successful GetOutThere campaign was launched at the end of 2015 and has reached over half a million people so far. The Trust’s Sport England funded Angling Promotion Officer Rob Hughes said “GetOutThere is great as it encourages people to get the rods out more often. We know from surveys that one thing that encourages people to go fishing more often is the provision of information about where to go and what to do. We want to give them that info in a no-nonsense, easy access format and this new website does exactly that.”

Will Smith, Angling Promotions Officer working to boost participation and Environment Agency rod licence sales added “There are great angling events going on in the coming months and they’ll all be listed. It doesn’t matter where you are or what sort of fishing you like, there’s something for you. Best of all most events are absolutely free! We’ll be promoting the website outside angling too – it’s so important to get more people fishing for the first time.”

Quality assured events designed for families, anglers who have not been fishing for a while, beginners and experienced anglers who just want to take a friend, can be found at Events including game fairs, courses […]

By |March 29th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Get Out There – Get Fishing!|

Angling Trust Welcomes Government Commitment to Fish Passage Legislation – At Last!

The Angling Trust welcomed the announcement this week by Fisheries Minister George Eustice that the Government will set out this month proposed new legislation to remove obstructions or build fish passes to provide a route around or through weirs and other barriers to fish migration. This legislation has been promised for the past decade, but has been repeatedly delayed, with the reasons given ranging from lack of parliamentary time to hold-ups by government regulatory risk assessment procedures.

It is hoped that the long-awaited legislation will help organisations like the river trusts and the Environment Agency to gain access and permission to take action on privately-owned structures which act as barriers to fish migration.

Although hundreds of fish passes have been installed over the past decade, there are thousands more obstructions which need to be removed or modified, and it would greatly help the process if landowners were required to co-operate with these works, for the benefit of fish populations on the whole river.

Nearly all fish need to migrate up and down rivers to complete their lifecycle, whilst fish like salmon, sea trout, eels and shad also migrate out to sea. Particularly at times of low flow, barriers to fish migration can prevent adults reaching spawning areas, or young fish heading downstream to find food. Such obstructions also make fish much more vulnerable to predation from otters, mink, cormorants and goosanders.

Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of the Angling Trust and Fish Legal said: “We are delighted to see a firm commitment from the government to bring this legislation forward at last after many years of delay. Introduction of this legislation is a key demand in the Angling Trust’s Save Our Salmon campaign, because urgent and widespread action to […]

By |March 18th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Angling Trust Welcomes Government Commitment to Fish Passage Legislation – At Last!|