Wensum Breach and its Management

This week we learn about a bank breach on the river between Quest and Bintree. This first occurred as far back as November 2020, when we had the deluge of rainfall and much of the Wensum flood plain flooded. However this isn’t the floodplain working as designed, but a breach of the Main River flood…

Bloody Minded To

Well so much for the media, an article by Rachel Salvidge from the ENDS team on the future of the Natural England HGB project. See  Article Last week we finally got to see the actual outcome from the EA management on the issue in a 322 page report. This now goes through another “minded to”…

Summer Pike and Illegal Trolling

Over recent weeks there has been an increasing number of issues with the trolling of lures from motor boats within the Broads. This raises several issues, firstly its illegal within the Broads and subject to a Broad Bye-Law enforceable by the Authority rangers. Secondly the use of any Lure or treble hooks needs to consider…

Time for Reflection

You may have seen across social media an article by Rachel Salvidge from the ENDS team on the future of the Natural England HGB project. See  Article We have been unable to confirm whether this is correct as all communications on the matter are referred to Fish Legal. But, if correct, then this is significant…

Citizen Scientists gain accreditation on the River Wensum at Swanton Morley

On Saturday 24th July 2021 seven individuals including local anglers and conservationists were successfully trained in the safe methods of collecting freshwater invertebrates from the bed of a watercourse as part of the Riverfly Partnership project (https://www.riverflies.org). The individuals had previously achieved to a competent standard a certificate of achievement from an online theoretical course…

New Season and new Hope

Well here we are again and if like me all excited for the start of a new river season. What will it bring this year, that’s the mystery of it all. This time last year the easing of the pandemic restriction allowed angling, but not in any form of competitive gathering. This year things are…

Hoveton Great Broad a year on the saga continues

Some of the latest progress with the ongoing saga unfolding in the Broads. NE’s controversial biomanipulation project includes the erection of barriers in the broads to prevent access for bream. It does not include dealing with the sources and causes of pollution including sewage and agriculture. NE received planning permission for the scheme in 2016…