Anglers who join the course work with the Trust and CVFC to produce management plans for their fisheries to enhance habitats onsite for fish and wildlife and maintain these into the future. The aim of the management plans is to balance objectives of managing a fishery with maintaining, restoring and creating wildlife habitats, but in reality, these often go hand in hand. Fish managed by anglers and the wildlife living alongside them benefit from the same activities which promote good water quality, a healthy and diverse invertebrate community, and a wide variety of aquatic and wetland habitats.
Following on from the training and management planning, Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust continues to support clubs with advice on enhancing wetlands and other important habitats on their fisheries. Funding available through the project is being used to purchase equipment, materials and to send anglers on further training courses – giving clubs the means to manage their land into the future.
CVFC give clubs the opportunity to access and contribute to an online app and recording scheme holding catchment-wide data on pollution incidents, invasive species records and river health monitoring. As well as being better informed about issues that may affect their fisheries, by taking part in this scheme clubs can also form part of a wider catchment management community in the Colne Valley, and bring benefits to wetlands both on and beyond fished waters.