Angling and nature conservation
This project is hosted by Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust working in partnership with the Colne Valley Fisheries Consultative. It will find ways to manage fisheries that protect and enhance fish stocks, restore biodiversity in the Colne Valley and enhance angling experiences.
Through this project, there is an opportunity for angling clubs with waters in the Colne Valley Regional Park to work with HMWT and CVFC to draw up management plans for one or more of their sites. To do this, the club nominates one or more members to complete an accredited training course in fisheries and wetland management. Trained members then work with HMWT and CVFC to produce a management plan to enhance habitats onsite for fish and wildlife. The aim with the plans will be to balance objectives of managing a fishery with creating wildlife habitats, and to identify mutually beneficial actions.
Booking for the next training course, to be held in Oct-Nov 2020 is now open.
Fisheries management training
As part of the Heritage Lottery Funded ‘Colne Valley: A Landscape on the edge’ project, Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust and the Colne Valley Fisheries Consultative are excited to offer this training opportunity to clubs with fisheries within the Colne Valley Regional Park. A strictly limited number of places where available for this training and are offering places for 2 representatives from each club, each of whom should ideally be a fishery manager for a qualifying waters. The course was part of the AQA Unit Award Scheme, allowing participants to gain certification in each of the topics covered. The aim of the training sessions was to give fishery managers the range of skills needed to start the process of writing or updating a management plan for their fishery site(s) Clubs who have attended the training will be expected to produce a management plan for agreed site(s). HMWT staff will assist with this process with support from CVFC.