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 looking much improved with sell out matches on the River Yare already. After significant saline incursions earlier this year, lets hope many of the fish found safe havens and if the signs are right, have already completed spawning.
The broads are going to be really busy this summer, with potentially record visitor numbers, but please lets all work together, there is enough room for all if we just leave a little space or walk that little further.
We have heard little with regard to the Hoveton Great Broad saga, apart from a request for more information on our modelling of stock densities, which now seems to be recognised as a useful tool in determining the consequences of any barrier.
Let’s hope common sense prevails and we can agree a way forward.
Wider afield on the Wensum, we are making further bids for funding to gain accreditation and formalise our Riverfly monitoring, whilst also securing funding to start citizen science water quality monitoring on the Upper Wensum. Jessie Leach the Wensum project officer will have a storyboard completed shortly capturing all the activities being undertaken across the Wensum in one place.
On the Trinity Broads, working with Norfolk Wildlife Trust we are secured a grant to undertake citizen science monitoring and undertake experiments on the impact and management of Killer Shrimp. More on this in the coming weeks.
That’s all for now and tight lines for 2021.