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.