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!|

Voluntary Bailiff Service to tackle illegal fishing now live in the Midlands

The Angling Trust and Environment Agency partnership has now made possible the keenly anticipated national roll-out of the Voluntary Bailiff Service (VBS), following a pilot project in the South East.
The Midlands was the third VBS region to go ‘live’ on Saturday, 20th February. This region includes Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire, with 33 successful applicants attending the inaugural mandatory induction day held near Bromsgrove, Worcestershire.

The event was jointly hosted by Angling Trust Midlands Regional Enforcement Manager Kevin Pearson, a retired West Midlands Police inspector, and Environment Agency VBS Project Manager Adrian Brightley.
Kevin Pearson said: “This was a fantastic day for angling in the Midlands with 33 volunteers joining Phase 1 Voluntary Bailiff Service and offering their support to the Environment Agency and the Police in tackling poaching and all angling-related crime. I am very optimistic about the future and already have more volunteers ready to join at the next induction later in the year.”

The event was attended and supported by the Environment Agency together with Chief Inspector Martin Sims, Head of the UK National Wildlife Crime Unit, and PC Paul Lambon from West Mercia Constabulary.
PC Lambon, a key-player in Operation Leviathan, a high profile multi-agency, multi-force, operation focussing on illegal fishing and fish theft, said: “From a policing perspective I am extremely pleased the Voluntary Bailiff Service is now up and running in our area. It’s early days and we shouldn’t expect to see huge changes overnight, but by working together we will make a difference: we are stronger together.”
Environment Agency Fisheries Enforcement Officer Chris Ponsford contributed to training at the induction and said: “The Environment Agency welcomes the opportunity to work with enthusiastic volunteers to […]

By |March 18th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Voluntary Bailiff Service to tackle illegal fishing now live in the Midlands|

The Barbel Show 2016

Chesford Grange Hotel, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 2LD
Sunday 1st May 2016. 9.30am-5.00pm

Guest speakers include;
Stu Walker
Dr Paul Garner
Lee Swords
Terry Theobald
Martin Salter
Dom Garnett

Large trade room for all your pre-season purchases of tackle and bait, bargains galore.

Tickets in advance from The Barbel Society, 1 Larchwood, Castlegate, Scotforth, Lancaster, LA1 4QG.
OR via PayPal. PayPal receipt as ticket.

You can purchase tickets via Paypal here The Barbel Show

Alternatively you can pay on the door on the day.

Members £10.00
Non-members £12.00
Wives/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 17th, 2016|News|Comments Off on The Barbel Show 2016|

Staffordshire Regional Meeting – 2nd April

An evening with Paul Floyd and new R/O Andy Degville

Doveridge Village Club 2nd April 7.30pm for an 8pm start

By |March 17th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Staffordshire Regional Meeting – 2nd April|

Lancashire Regional Meeting – 11th April

An evening with Paul Floyd

Hinds Head Pub 11th April 7.00pm for an 8pm start

By |March 17th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Lancashire Regional Meeting – 11th April|

Update from Angling Trust & Fish Legal about Canoe Access

Update to club, fishery and trade members of Angling Trust and/or Fish Legal regarding the legal position about canoe access
Last year, Fish Legal, working closely with the Angling Trust, challenged the Canoe Governing Bodies (British Canoe Union/British Canoeing, Canoe England and Canoe Wales) to get them to change the information that they were publishing suggesting that the law regarding rights of access to rivers is unclear in England and Wales. This included reference to the academic works of Rev Dr Douglas Caffyn. We felt that this information was contributing to a widespread increase in unlawful canoeing.

We have spent many months of work and several thousands of pounds on this legal case and we are making slow but significant progress. This included commissioning an eminent QC to advise on the legal position and review the works of Rev Dr Caffyn. The QC’s Advice is very clear. The summary of the Advice is set out below and we aim to publish the full document (which runs to 19 pages) in the coming weeks after further discussion with the Canoeing Governing Bodies.
Thank you very much for your support.

Advice Summary
1. There is no general Public Right of Navigation (PRN) on English and Welsh non-tidal rivers for canoeists.
2. A PRN can only be established by long use of vessels on the relevant stretch of river, fulfilling all of the criteria below.
3. That use must have been regular and habitual, and must have made the river of substantial practical value as a channel of communication or transport.
4. The time for which that use must be established is “time immemorial.”
5. The law is entirely clear on the above issues.
6. The law is, however, not absolutely clear on how long is required […]

By |January 19th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Update from Angling Trust & Fish Legal about Canoe Access|