May & June 2012

May & June 2012

The floods in late April certainly brought an abrupt end to the long period of dry weather. This was the most water the pond had seen since 2009 when the flooding in December graced the decoy pond with at least on pair of spawning pike, who's offspring we have been gradually removing ever since. As mentioned in the last report, the plant and bird life had returned until the waters had risen. The nesting swans and geese had been washed out losing any eggs that were being reared. Little did we know that this was to be the first of two attempts that would both have the same ending.

The evening matches had been scheduled to start in mid May but various weather and time restrictions on participating anglers saw them put off until June. The first two matches produced some small fish although not in great quantities as expected. The catches of Rudd had been getting slowly smaller over a period of time which would need further investigation. The pike that were slowly being removed would have had some effect, after all, the predators had to eat. Any remainder may have been lost to flood water, but only a netting would reveal a reasonable idea of just what remained.

The floods came again in mid June, somewhat heavier then before. The decision to extend the fencing along the left hand bank was made although a little late as it was put in place while the flooding was happening. A somewhat surreal experience wading along normally dry paths knowing there was a pond very close by that could not be seen. Further temporary fencing will need to be put up in the event of any more floods in the future and taken down again as the water subsides hopefully keeping more stocked fish within the pond and the pike out

As of the end of June, the permenant fencing is now in place should the rivers decide to flood again. The temporary fencing is ready to go as and when needed. Time will now tell what remains and what has entered the pond during the high waters, but only a complete drain down and netting would tell for sure. This is not an option at present.