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Angling Trust & Fish Legal Members Newsletter

As members of the 'Angling Trust' and 'Fish Legal', Ingestone Fishery have started receiving their periodic newsletters giving topical information on related angling and environmental issues - we will start re-posting these on our news page as we get them...

Waterways and wildlife under threat as environmental protections face being axed by new UK Bill

The Angling Trust has joined the campaign to protect the UK’s existing environmental protections derived from European Law by emphasising the damaging impact on rivers, lakes and coastal waters should they be weakened or removed by a Bill currently going through Parliament. This follows the ‘Attack on Nature’ campaign launched by the Wildlife Trust, RSPB and the National Trust against the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill, which has the potential to reverse what limited legal protections our waterbodies, wildlife and natural environments currently enjoy. In a special briefing sent to MPs and Ministers, the Angling Trust argues that the Bill as currently drafted constitutes a major threat to the protection of our waters.

Hoveton Great Broad fish barrier plan is dropped

Anglers in the Norfolk Broads are celebrating the decision by Natural England to drop their controversial plans to erect barriers to fish movements in and out of Hoveton Great Broad – a prime spawning site for the local bream population. Leading fisheries scientists and angling representatives had jointly condemned the decision by the Environment Agency in 2020 to grant Natural England a permit to install a fish barrier at Hoveton Great Broad, a private water connected to the River Bure in the northern Norfolk Broads, in order to promote better weed growth.

Report highlights amazing work of angling community

The 2021/22 Annual Report of the National Angling Strategy features the latest highlights from the angling community following the upheavals and social restrictions experienced in the previous year due to Covid-19. This year’s report includes some of the exciting incentives that got underway, such as the Angling Trust’s ‘Reel Education’ schools programme backed by Shakespeare, and Defra’s new Fisheries and Seafood Scheme aiming to support recreational sea angling, as well as case studies detailing the amazing work undertaken by the angling community.

WATCH: Actor Jim Murray on how to report pollution

Knowing how to report a pollution incident properly could make a huge difference to how much damage it causes. Actor and Activist Angler Jim Murray has put together this great video to tell you exactly how best to go about it.

Day in the life of a fisheries officer

The work of an Environment Agency Fisheries Officer ranges from dealing with distressed, ailing fish to assisting happy, enthusiastic junior anglers. In the first of a three-part series, Phil Mepham joins EA Fisheries Officer Ben Norrington to discover the multitude of challenges that regularly confronts him. Read the Lines On The Water blog

New 2XL and 3XL sizes available with Zerofit - plus free thermal hat worth £20 with any baselayer purchase

Angling Trust trade partner Zerofit, the Japanese baselayer brand, is delighted to announce that the award-winning Heatrub Ultimate baselayer (£55) is now available in 2XL (48-52”) and 3XL (52-56”) sizes for the first time, meaning more anglers can fish better for longer this winter without feeling the cold. To celebrate the partnership with the Trust, Zerofit have extended their offer of a FREE THERMAL HAT WORTH £20 with any Zerofit baselayer purchase to all anglers. Just use code FREEHATTRUST when you checkout here. The Ultimate baselayer is now available in black, green and navy blue in these larger sizes, as well as being offered in small, medium, large and extra-large. Customers who want a grey, red or white version can also purchase these in S, M, L, XL.

Life Premier membership: Special edition version of the JW Young Classic Heritage Centrepin reel

Here at the Angling Trust, we’ve always tried to make membership affordable for everyone, with current adult membership starting from just £30 per year. However, we have also always offered a Life Membership option for those who can afford to front load their membership fee and help boost the funds for our essential work. Now, thanks to a partnership with one of the most historic tackle manufacturers in the world, we have an exciting new option – Life Premier Membership. Life Premier Membership at £850 not only gives you all the existing benefits of being a member of the Angling Trust for the rest of your life, it also comes with something rather special - the first 100 people to join as Life Premier members will receive a special edition Angling Trust version of JW Young Classic Heritage Centrepin reel.

Anglers Against Pollution campaign in action!

Water quality testing in Cheshire by members of Mottram St. Andrew Fly Fishing Club has inspired a local campaign to clean up a polluted river. The tests were carried out using equipment supplied through the Angling Trust's Water Quality Monitoring Network (WQMN) initiative, a key part of our Anglers Against Pollution campaign, and provided evidence that there was heavy pollution of the River Bollin. The WQMN initiative is supported financially by Orvis UK and APTUS tackle and the “Big Yellow Boxes” are supplied by Flambeau Outdoors.

Paul scoops Pike Champs title

Northampton predator ace Paul Croft is the new British Pike Champion following a tight final event on Cambridgeshire’s Fenland Drains. Read the full story

Southern Water drop plan to abstract water from rare chalk stream after Fish Legal challenge

Southern Water has quietly dropped its application for a drought permit that would have allowed it to continue taking water out of the River Test - even if the river fell below an agreed minimum level previously set for the protection of the Test’s salmon population. The application was submitted to the Environment Agency on 19 July but was formally withdrawn on 4 November. Fish Legal and the Testwood & Nursling fishery near Southampton challenged the drought permit application at a public inquiry in August, arguing that Southern Water had made inadequate efforts to minimise customer demand and to mitigate the potential impact on the river’s fish stocks and ecology.

Preston Innovations - thank you for your support

Preston Innovations, one of the biggest names in match fishing, have agreed to become a Trade Associate partner of the Angling Trust for the next 12 months. As part of the agreement, Preston Innovations will play an active role in supporting the essential work of the Trust including campaigns to protect waterways for the benefit of fish, fishing and the environment, and growing our sport by encouraging more people to take up fishing.

The Angling Trust We are a not for profit organisation, representing anglers, fighting for fish, fishing and the environment. We are recognised by the Government as the National Governing Body for angling in England and partner with Visit Wales and Natural Resources Wales to promote Fishing in Wales. We are a member-based organisation made up of anglers of all disciplines providing a united front to represent, grow and protect our sport. By becoming a member of the Angling Trust you are helping to protect the waterways you fish in and the fish which live within them, ensuring their health and protection for future generations.


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