July 2013

July 2013

This month has seen some very high temperatures, and this coupled with no rainfall has seen the water level drop. There has still been sufficient water depth for the fish , but unfortunately some fatalities have occured. In total, 8 large tench and 6 bream have died and as yet there has been no apparent cause. The fish have been removed as soon as they have been found but have been dead for some time and beyond being in any reasonable condition to be tested. The few carp, along with the Roach, Rudd, Small Chub, Small Tench and Crucians all remain uneffected. The deaths may have been due to spawning and the following high temperatures, a parasite or virus but it remains puzzling that only the large tench and bream where effected. The situation is strill being monitored and we hope we have seen the last of any dead fish.

The chances of an oxygen drop would have been slim as none of the other fish have been effected and the invertabrate life remains intact possibly indicating that the water quality is still acceptable. Both Tench and Crucian Carp are well known for being able to handle adverse water conditions to a point.

On the positive side, a large shoal for Roach have been seen swimming on the surface that we though had been lost top cormorants over winter but it would appear that they have managed to find refuge somewhere. Along with these, two small shoals of chub have been seen, with the odd one being caught on rod and line. These must have come in as fry during last years floods and have grown on over the months to date. We hope they continue to survive and make some good sport over the cooler months.