Dr Rasmus Lauridsen from the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust kindly gave us all a talk on the activities of SAMARCH. The GWCT is proud to be the lead partner on a major EU-funded programme that will provide vital research on rapidly declining salmon and sea trout (salmonid) populations. The work will focus on five rivers, estuaries and coastline in the Channel area: the Rivers Frome, Tamar, Scorff, Oir and Bresle. This internationally significant project will involve working with several other British and French institutions in a bid to halt and even reverse declining salmonid populations.
He showed us the tags that will be inserted into sea trout smolts to discover exactly where they feed once they reach the sea. There are two types of tag, the smallest is a transmitter and the signal is picked up by sensors positioned around the mouth of the river. The second much larger tag, records the depth & water temperature at regular intervals for a whole year. This is the one that he is after our help with, if you catch a sea trout with a tag like below you will get a £50 reward – more than enough reason for a few more fishing trips this season.
Simon Tomkinson then talked about what the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust actually does and how it relies on members subscriptions to help subsidise it www.gwct.org.uk
Thanks again to John Aplin for organising the meetings and to all the helpers on the night. Have a great season and see you all in October.
The Dorset Chalk Stream Club will have its March, (pre season) spring social gathering in West Stafford Village hall (DT2 8AG) on Friday the 16th March 2018 starting at 7.30pm Just look at another amazing evening we have lined up for you all…
Bill Beaumont from the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust will kindly be giving us a talk with the title – SAMARCH for Sea Trout
The GWCT is proud to be the lead partner on a major EU-funded programme that will provide vital research on rapidly declining salmon and sea trout (salmonid) populations. The work will focus on five rivers, estuaries and coastline in the Channel area: the Rivers Frome, Tamar, Scorff, Oir and Bresle. This internationally significant project will involve working with several other British and French institutions in a bid to halt and even reverse declining salmonid populations.
Read more here – https://www.gwct.org.uk/blogs/fisheries-blog/2017/may/samarch-gwct-to-lead-on-major-new-research-into-declining-salmon-and-sea-trout-populations-in-the-channel-area/
- Please bring a plate of good food to pop on the buffet table.
- A bottle of your favourite 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 (FOC), just give me a ring 01305 257490 or ping me an email – email@example.com
- Please bring friends along to meet fellow Chalk stream and fly fisher folk.
- News on meetings coming over this winter. 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. Entrance for this winters gatherings will again be free of charge.
- The heating and website will again be sponsored by West Dorset Foodie
- The Dorset Wildlife Trustthrough the Dorset Wild Rivers Project have again very kindly sponsored the hire of the village hall for the Dorset Chalk Stream Club
Many thanks to PCSO Tom Balchin Rural Engagement Officer of the Dorset Police Rural Crime Team, for his talk on Rural Crime in Dorset. The team is small, but dedicated to protect our farms, rural businesses, wildlife etc. He explained how we can help protect our property, from using good quality padlocks, security marking, all the way to cameras linked to your phones.
He highlighted that today’s Policing is intelligence lead, so please report ALL rural crime & suspicious activity to Dorset Police, they can then target hotspots around the county.
There are many ways of contacting Dorset Police.
- If life is in danger or a crime is in progress call – this includes poaching from rivers & lakes
- to give the police information about crime in your area
- to speak to the police about a police related enquiry
- if your car has been stolen
- if your property has been damaged
- if you suspect drug use or dealing in your local area
- to report a minor traffic accident
Dorset Police Rural Crime Website www.dorset.police.uk/help-advice-crime-prevention/rural-crime
Dorset Rural Crime email firstname.lastname@example.org
Dorset Rural Crime Twitter Account twitter.com/ruralcrimeteam
Tom’s Twitter Account twitter.com/PCSO6386
On a brighter and more positive note, it was also the night that the money raised from the Dorchester Fishing Club’s 140th Anniversary raffle was presented to Charles Jardine – Fishing for Schools. Total amount raised was a staggering £1,877.00 and is ring fenced to help schools in Dorset. (thanks again to all the raffle prize donators for their generosity)
Robin Ayles, Charles Jardine, John Aplin
The Dorset Chalk Stream Club will have its January winter social gathering in West Stafford Village hall (DT2 8AG) on Friday the 26th January 2018 starting at 7.30pm
Just look at another amazing evening we have lined up for you all…
Many of you have expressed an interest in Dorset Police coming to do a talk on “Rural Crime in Dorset” well tonight is that night – PCSO Tom Balchin the Rural Engagement Officer of the Dorset Police Rural Crime Team will be speaking, showing slides and answering your questions.
Also – You may remember that Dorchester Fishing Club held a celebration 140th dinner and organised a rather “Grand Raffle” to raise some funds for “Fishing for Schools”…
What a success!! A massive thank you to all who bought raffle tickets and donated the amazing prizes. You may know that the DFC was founded in the year 1877.
The truly staggering amount raised was £1877.00 and the cheque for Fishing for Schools will be presented to Mr Charles Jardine at tonight’s Chalkstream Club.
Last nights guest speaker was Michael Heaton’s to talk on “Watermeadows: their history and value to anglers”. The water meadows system was in use from 16th to 20th century across England and shaped our river valleys to what they are now. The Frome valley is covered with relics from these systems, old hatches, ditches etc. He also said that the river system today could benefit their return, by helping to remove the silt and Nitrates & Phosphates, plus reducing the risk of flooding.
We also had Toby from Funky Flytying, tempting us all with his wares..
Thanks to all that came along and those that helped clear up at the end of the night, see you all in 2018…