Even with a very cold gale blowing, there was still a fabulous turnout out of 25 hardy souls to visit the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust’s, Salmon & Trout Research Centre at East Stoke. This has been monitoring salmon & sea trout since 1973, using various ingenious fish counting methods.
We were shown round by Bill Beaumont who has been working at the Centre since he arrived in 1971 for a three month trial!!! You could tell that it was all his ‘baby’ and enthusiastically explained all the methods used by his team to count the smolts out and the adult salmon back in.
It is good to have such a great team as this led by Bill right on our door step and they have the most comprehensive records of salmon movement in England & Wales – long may they continue..
All those present send a huge thanks to Bill for sparing his valuable time to show the Dorset Chalkstream Club around the Research Centre.
The Dorset Chalk Stream Club will have an outdoor spring gathering at the GWCT river lab at East Stoke.
Tuesday 5th May at 6.00pm onwards, I am sorry this is at such short notice but they are in the middle of the Smolt run and we will get to see the whole research centre in action…
Bill Beaumont has very kindly offered to show the Chalk Stream Club around this rather remarkable centre, so drop everything an meet us at 6pm, there is no charge for this visit..
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Salmon & Trout Research Centre
East StokeWarehamDorsetBH20 6BB
T: 01929 401894E: email@example.com
The Atlantic salmon is found in the northern Atlantic Ocean and in rivers flowing into it. It is an anadromous migratory fish species, which means the method of the fish’s breeding cycle is for the adult fish live in the sea but migrate to freshwater to spawn. Juvenile fish live in freshwater before undergoing dramatic changes to migrate to sea.
It is widely accepted that there has been a global decline in Atlantic salmon and our Salmon & Trout Research Centre at East Stoke in Dorset monitors this decline using a fish counter, which was first installed in 1973. It is one of the most comprehensive records of salmon movement in England and Wales.
Another fantastic turnout for the Chalkstream Club and all enjoyed the brilliant talks by Richard Battersby and Shaun Leonard Director of the Wild Trout Trust.
Richard is head of our regions EA’s Fisheries, Biodiversity and Geomorphology (FBG) team! Their activities range from guerrilla tactics to catch poachers,to river restoration works, to monitoring our rivers, to advising on all relevant EA plans and projects for fisheries.
Then Shaun gave an illustrated & passionate talk on the roll of the Wild Trout Trust and how joining this conservation charity can really help our rivers – so if you are not a member – join now www.wildtrout.org/content/support-us
Many thanks to both Richard & Shaun for giving us their time & expertise, plus a huge thanks to John Aplin for organising the nights events. Also thank you to everyone who joined in to help pack away the chairs, wash up etc. without you the club wouldn’t exist….
Well that is it for this winter, but there will be one field trip to East Stoke to see the smolt run, so keep an eye out for the email…
The Dorset Chalk Stream Club will have its March social gathering in West Stafford Village hall on Friday the 27th March 2015 starting at 7.00pm
The evening will be a totally informal celebration of the Chalk Stream Club, with the usual breaks for food and drink, alongside two rather special guests and their presentations.
Richard Battersby “A wander through Wessex looking at some of the work and priorities of the EA’s Fisheries, Biodiversity and Geomorphology (FBG) team”
For those people that don’t know me I manage a passionate team of technical experts in the EA’s FBG team at Blandford Forum. I am also a passionate conservationist and angler who is quite happy fishing for the wild trout of the West Dorset streams one day and long trotting for chalk stream roach the next. A keen amateur mycologist, butterfly nut and chalk stream enthusiast make it pretty much the perfect job!
Then after our buffet break
Shaun Leonard Director of the Wild Trout Trust and his rather great presentation – Rough & Ready Rivers: Trout Heaven?
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- Please bring a plate of good food to pop on the buffet table.
- A bottle of your favorite tipple, or grab a drink from the Wise Man Inn
- Bring along any of your unwanted tackle, flies and books to sell on the second hand tackle table, and if you would like to have a stand (f.o.c.), just give me a ring 01305 257490 or ping me an email – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Please bring friends along to meet fellow Chalkstream and flyfisher folk.
- News on meetings coming in the new year.
Only £2.00 on the door.
Could you please avoid parking in the pub car park, use the village hall car park, in front of the pub or please park at our house (The Dairy House, map at the bottom of this link) just a short walk from the village.
The Dorset Chalk Stream Club held its February meeting on the 27th in the West Stafford village hall, a great venue that we have been using since our first gathering back in September 2012.
We were absolutely thrilled to have Budgie Price and Trevor Harrop from The Avon Roach Project with us for the evening.
I can tell you that these two guy’s presentation was nothing short of fantastic, one minute the room in total silence, people moved by the sheer passion and determination of this project, the next minute a room full of laughter, a great way to tell this most amazing journey of helping the Avon Roach….
We then had a break for a rather tasty buffet supper, again supplied by all who attended, lots of chatting and questions for Trevor and Budgie….
After our break we all sat and watched, again in silence the fabulous Roach Movie made by Hugh Miles… http://www.avonroachproject.co.uk/avon-roach-project-roach-picture-gallery.html
Great to see a few new faces at the clubs gathering, including Hugh Miles, who also has also a great blog which you can read here http://hughmiles9.blogspot.co.uk/
As always a massive thank you to everyone’s support, the great food, company and help with all the washing up at the end…
Looking forward to the next gathering which is the 27 th March…