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Barbeeldag – 23rd September 2017

Barbeeldag is taking place 23rd September 2017 in Holland

Free entrance, for further details contact Christophe Pelhate on 07909 918036

By |September 13th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Barbeeldag – 23rd September 2017|

Barbel Fishing France 2018

The ABDF and the Barbel Society are inviting you to a week long family friendly barbel event on the Loire Valley from Wednesday 4th to Tuesday 10th of April 2018.

By |September 12th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Barbel Fishing France 2018|

European Barbel Meeting – 5th May 2018

The first European Barbel meeting.

Saturday 5th May 2018

Speakers from all over Europe

Venue: Bochum, Ruhr-Area, Germany

 

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Southern Region Family day at Kings Weir 8th October 2017

To register please click the link HERE
Contacts:
Christophe Pelhate – christophepelhate@hotmail.com
Terry Harman – harmant1@sky.com
Steve Choney – stephen.choney@cgl.org.uk

By |July 29th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Southern Region Family day at Kings Weir 8th October 2017|

Our Precious Rivers Need Your Help!

Fewer than one in five UK rivers currently meet Good Ecological Status standards required by the European Union’s Water Framework Directive and nearly 25% are at risk of over-abstraction. As a result, half of all freshwater wildlife, including many fish species, are in decline and 13% are threatened with extinction.

This is why the Angling Trust is backing a major new campaign spearheaded by WWF-UK to press government for better protection for our precious rivers from over-abstraction and sewage pollution. The Nature Needs You campaign asks you to take action to help safeguard our rivers.

On the campaign website there’s a simple form through which you can send a message directly to your MP and tell them why it’s important they act to protect your favourite river. There’s also an interactive river map where you can find out how healthy your local river is. We need you to get on board because there’s no one that deteriorating water quality affects more than us anglers.

Send a message to your MP

Find out how healthy your river is

The ask is for your MP to put pressure on the new Environment Secretary Michael Gove to deliver on the government’s long-overdue promise to reform the outdated water abstraction regime and to exert stricter controls over sewer overflows.

More than 3,800 letters have already been sent to 576 individual MPs in England and Wales, with at least one MP writing directly to Michael Gove asking for the campaign aims to be addressed.

If you’re involved with an angling club or consultative organisation, please consider holding your own event by requesting one of the specially designed River Engagement Packs. These packs contain postcards to send to MPs, a fold-out guide, a more detailed pamphlet that […]

By |July 28th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Our Precious Rivers Need Your Help!|

Angling Trust backs WWF campaign for abstraction action

The Angling Trust is backing a major new campaign spearheaded by WWF-UK to press government for better protection for our precious rivers from over-abstraction and sewage pollution. The Nature Needs You campaign, which is supported by around 40 individual rivers trusts, asks people to take action to help safeguard our rivers.

Fewer than one in five UK rivers currently meet Good Ecological Status standards required by the European Union’s Water Framework Directive and nearly 25% are at risk of over-abstraction. As a result, half of all freshwater wildlife, including many fish species, are in decline and 13% are threatened with extinction.

On the campaign website there is a simple form that allows users to send a message directly to their recently elected MP. The ask is for him or her to put pressure on the new Environment Secretary Michael Gove to deliver on the government’s long-overdue promise to reform the outdated water abstraction regime and to exert stricter controls over sewer overflows. There is also an interactive river map through which people can find out the state of their local river or stream.

The key campaign objectives are for the Environment Secretary to:

1. Safeguard nature by ensuring European water and environmental directives are transferred into law in England and Wales and mechanisms are established to enforce implementation post-Brexit.
2. Deliver immediate action – before leaving the EU – to ensure that the legal deadline to achieve good ecological status in English and Welsh rivers by 2027 is met.
3. Mandate water companies to set out long-term wastewater plans to ensure sewage stops polluting our rivers.
4. Empower the environmental regulators to ensure all abstraction is limited to sustainable levels.
5. Publish a strong 25-year plan for the environment which includes committing […]

By |July 24th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Angling Trust backs WWF campaign for abstraction action|

Good news at last for the River Kennet

The Angling Trust joined Action for the River Kennet (ARK), WWF and the Environment Agency to celebrate the completion of a £30 million project to reduce abstraction levels from the famous Wiltshire and Berkshire chalk stream.

The event, held at Mildenhall near Marlborough, was to formally mark the commissioning of Thames Water’s new Axford pipeline, running 18 kilometres from the company’s Blunsdon reservoir north of Swindon, to Whitefield reservoir to the south-east of the town.

The pipeline will see a seven million litre per day reduction in water being abstracted by the water company – protecting the River Og and the River Kennet downstream of Marlborough during periods of dry weather.

The project followed years of lobbying against excessive water abstraction from the Upper Kennet, by angling and conservation groups backed by local MP and Angling Trust Ambassador Richard Benyon.

The Angling Trust, the Environment Agency and Action for the River Kennet (ARK) have long claimed that water removed at Axford and Ogbourne treatment works, and not returned to the Kennet, has had a detrimental impact on the river, which is listed as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and is one of England’s best known chalk stream fisheries.

Martin Salter, National Campaigns Coordinator for the Angling Trust, who has fished the Kennet since childhood said: “The Kennet is an iconic English chalk stream which has sadly declined as a fishery, particularly in the lower reaches.

“It has suffered from the reopening of the Kennet and Avon canal in the 90s which resulted in the siltation of many of the vital gravel spawning areas and from low summer flows caused by over abstraction in the upper river.

“The Angling Trust has been lobbying for the Axford pipeline to be built […]

By |July 7th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Good news at last for the River Kennet|

The Barbel Show – June 4th 2017

Chesford Grange Hotel, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 2LD
Sunday 4th June 2017. 9.30am-5.00pm

Guest speakers include;
Dai Gribble
Gary Knowles
Dave Chambers
Paul Floyd
Christophe Pelhate
The Angling Trust

Plus special guest: Barbel Society Ambassador Des Taylor

Large trade room for all your pre-season purchases of tackle and bait, bargains galore.
Anyone who books tickets in advance gets a free day ticket to one of our fisheries and also gets entered into a draw for a free membership to the Barbel Society for the following season.

Alternatively you can pay on the door on the day.

Members £10.00
Non-members £12.00
Partners and children under 16 FREE

Members can bring second hand tackle for sale on the second hand stall, label items clearly with price and include 10% for BS funds.

Renewals and fishery permits can be purchased on the day.

By |March 14th, 2017|News|Comments Off on The Barbel Show – June 4th 2017|

West Midlands Regional Meeting – 23rd April

An evening with Steve Pope and Lawrence Breakspear

Sunday 23rd April @ 7PM

Aston Manor Cricket Club
Church Lane
Perry Barr
Birmingham
B42 2LA

Free for BS Members
Non-members £3

 

By |February 28th, 2017|News|Comments Off on West Midlands Regional Meeting – 23rd April|

End of an Era

Pete Reading has decided to step down from the BS committee.

He has been an absolute stalwart over the past ten years especially in his role as Research and Conservation Chairman. On behalf of the Society we would like to say a huge thank you to Pete for his commitment and expertise which have been invaluable to the Society. He will be a hard act to follow but we have strong foundations in place and this will enable the good work to continue and flourish.

We wish Pete all the very best in his retirement from committee work.

The Barbel Society Committee – January 2017

By |January 20th, 2017|News|Comments Off on End of an Era|