June 2010

June 2010

With the opening of the fishing season fast approaching, little work had been done around the Decoy Pond as everyone's efforts had been focused on readying the rivers. With the Swans and Geese now long gone, only the Moorhen remained with her young. The 20th of June was the first real time any attention been directed back at the lake,which was seeing the usual water loss given the prolonged dry period. It had been decided that some water needed to be pumped from the river to top up the pond which ideally should have been some time ago in hindsight, but given the unpredictability of the British weather, these efforts might not have been needed. The distance to the river at the shortest point was measured at around some 160m and pipe ordered accordingly. The Environment Agency were contacted where enquiries where made with regards to temporary and full abstraction licences.  It would seem that a temporary licence can only be granted once to take out the required water quantity in one go. Any further abstraction in quantity would require a full licence along with an annual fee. Both of these option would also be restricted by "flow constraints" on the rivers. This is to say that in times of low water, nothing could be taken from the river, leaving only the autumn and winter months free for this process. The remaining solution would be to use the given daily allowance of 4000 gallons, which would obviously take longer, but without the licences or time restrictions.

The 20th June saw the last fishing station filled in with access spoil along with various holes and tracks levelled off. The fronts of those stations where the weeds had grown up where cleared and any plants such as Iris and grasses dug up and replanted in more sparse areas. This process had proved successful over the last few months so there was no reason not to continue.

The remaining fishing stations that had not been weeded from the previous week were finished off on the 27th June. This totalled about three or four and was just bearable given the encroaching heat from the sun. It was good to see the Lillie's showing their flowers around the pond and gave a good idea of where fish might be found once the pond has been opened for fishing.