Our chalk streams support a vast amount of wildlife, and are very complex and fragile habitats, this balance can very easily be tipped the wrong way!
The below photograph was taken when we were working on a project in the upper Frome catchment, on a stunning brook that flows into the Frome, we had a shower of rain, and it flushed a bit of grime off the A37 road and into the river, as the snow is melting it is even worse!
We are all eyes and ears and need to look out for our rivers, we also took some video of this pollution, and reported it to the EA, they along with Natural England are following it up and we await the outcome, in fact road run off has been discussed at various FP&WDFA meetings, whats the next step, and where is the funding going to come from? Answers on a postcard please……
John, Andrea, Liberty and all of the “Riverworks Crew” would like to say a BIG thank you, to all our friends, for all your custom and support over the last year and to wish you all a very, very……..
“Happy Christmas and a Healthy and Happy New Year”
May all your fishing dreams come true in 2011!
Our tradition at Christmas, is to the decent thing,and make a donation to the Joseph Weld Hospice
in Dorchester instead of sending out lots of cards.
We are all looking forward to 2011 with lots of exciting water based projects, and fishing adventures ahead of us!
You were contacted earlier this year to attend a River Frome stakeholder workshop for a project being overseen by Bournemouth University. I was hoping that you might be able to help our work by passing the message below about the www.fromesurvey.com website to your members or any groups/individuals that you think might be interested. Any help would be greatly appreciated
Sydling Water Barrier improvement winter 2010
Frome Piddle and West Dorset Fisheries Association
Site: Site A – Sydling Water d/s A37
Catchment: River Frome
Code: SBDS09/10 (Barriers Report)
We recommended certain improvements within our upper Frome barriers report that could be easily and cost effectively employed to improve the fish passage both over and around the structure below the A37 on the Sydling water.
With a tight time scale, and full approval from the Environment Agency we were able to carry out works before Christmas 2010 to improve passage over the structure, and open up the westerly by pass channel.
The above picture very clearly shows a totally blocked by pass channel (left on picture) and the stepped structure that has all the flow leaking from between the boards (right on picture) thus making it impossible for any movement of Salmonids.
Eels and Lamprey we were confident could always use the bypass channel, be it with some difficulty.
The above picture clearly shows the improvement work that we carried out to aid fish passage.
Our team worked hard in bitterly cold conditions to clear the bypass channel and have a good tidy up of the structure and with a little extra water the fish should have no problem making their way upstream to spawn over the coming winter months.
By clearing a way through the westerly by pass channel we were able to leave a certain amount of woody debris and actually exposed some stunning spawning gravels, I have to say some of the best in this area!
We worked very carefully not to disturb the bed of the river, and we saw no sign of any spawning fish in the area.
We look forward to returning to this area when we are out Redd counting early in 2011.
Don’t forget that weekend reading……http://riverfrome.com/wp-content/uploads/FinalReport2010.pdf
We all woke up to stunning Grayling fishing conditions today, below this winter Frome picture are the details of “The Report” so when the sun sets tonight, stoke up the wood burner and have a good read…….
After a busy year delivering the “River Frome Salmonid Improvement Project” the Frome Piddle and West Dorset Fisheries Association are proud to have produced a detailed report on their work, hard copies have been sent out to all the organisations involved, you can take a look at the report here http://riverfrome.com/wp-content/uploads/FinalReport2010.pdf you can read or download a copy or you can request a bound hard copy for a ten pound donation to the FP&WDFA.