MOUSECROFT REED CONTROL – POOL NOW OPEN
Phase one of the Reed control completed today 16th July as intended; the fine weather helped the process and much appreciated. The work concluded as phase one as intended, in that 21 pegs now have a 10-foot wide avenue from which to fish. Especially, from the Reed line to peg base all silt has been removed giving maximum depth for netting.
Phase two will be next year, to reduce the Reed line to bank aspect, giving probably a 45-degree angle from the peg onto the pool in either direction. Good reason exists for this two-phase approach to this work.
Permissions given had been based upon Council and Environment Agency acceptance. In the latter, a primary was that by-product did not leave the site, more importantly, the by-product should, in fact, stay connected to the existing reed bed in some way. To achieve this, we elected to backfill into the Reed beds left untouched of all by-product, unsightly today, recovered in two weeks, more than likely.
To have cleared to our target position in one attempt would have created mountains of by-product and recovery visually, would have taken much longer. Although any volunteer help, over and above contracted works are a benefit. As soon as we announced the work some individual has attempted to remove some Reed and tuber from a peg, in doing so, decided to dump the by-product outside the entrance gate on the verge to the right of the gate
Thus this now involves the need to handball dumped waste back onto the site and into a back-fill position at pools edge. For the sake of asking, has induced extra work, to stay in permissions given and even an E.U. Framework Directive. Please ask, before attempting D-I-Y on any of SAF/SAMC waters.
Saving clutter…….Photos on Facebook……
SPORTING SOME 25 PEGS AN IDEAL COMPETITION WATER FOR ANY INTERESTED PARTY………..INDEED GARY DODDS BAILIFF Has expressed interest in creating an SAF/SAMC Comp. give him a call………………….
Shropshire Anglers’ Federation joint enterprise with the Environment Agency Fisheries Enforcement Team, blitz the fisheries Saturday 9th July. Amazing how many have gone into the book, for intended prosecution. Two teams went out; team one with SAF Bailiff Gary Dodd. One thing being caught without a licence, then again being caught without entitlement to fishing permission, just as serious!
Creation of four new pegs is now complete. Two of the four certainly put the salmon angler historically on the spot. Hopefully, encouraging a greater mixed use of this fishery.
The final design was based on an original idea of timber topped scaffold piers out into the river. Environment Agency and many anglers alike gave a degree of concern over this prospect. The design evolved in two stages, a platform, also a fishing ladder. To this end, an open morning was held to view a two-thirds size model of the intended end design.
The result from the morning meeting entailed endorsing suggestions by interested and attending anglers, as to the addition of various amendments. The end product we now see as being functional, adjustable and limited in the need for constant upkeep. It was decided on these particular four units to use for the fishing ladder timber and stone, instead of scaffold and stone. Viewed as being a favourable option due height and fall constraints.
Sadly, it has been noted that some previous images of this work in progress have been utilised on other media, editorial being altered to paint a less than truthful picture. Hence the old saying, “do not believe everything that is written.” We hope that those anglers that fish from these new combinations do so with a safe ease of use, comfort and success.
Mousecroft Pool will be closed to the angler from 8 am to 6 pm on Saturday 16th July. Including, access of the general public in the area of the poolside path.
Oxon Pool benefitted greatly from the efforts of our two Bailiffs Alfie Stevens and Neal Jackson. As in the removal by hand of reed and reed tuber from peg frontages, by hand indeed the only option on this particular water. They have done a terrific job and many thanks to them.
Mousecroft Pool is suffering the same reed problem and in previous years, reeds have been pulled only to be replaced within the same season. We have contracted a machine and driver to remove reed and reed tuber from in front and to the sides of nineteen pegs in total. The assumption is it may take three maybe four years before the tuber growth will again crowd some of the pegs.
However for insurance and indeed common-sense, full site regulations will be applied on the day in relation to work-wear, hats, and boots, the working area being taped off. All interested parties have been notified, in relation to the project as in E/A, Council, etc.