Village pond fishing

Hi, our village pond is home to many ducks , geese , occasional Heron, many small birds ( being surrounded on 3 sides by old trees and thick bramble and reed beds ) and I saw a Kingfisher a few months ago. The parish council have just decided to allow fishing by permit (never been done before and the pond has been present for over 150 years). Although the pond is large, and it is shallow ( only 1 to 2 feet ), there is only 1 bank of about 40 yards length where the public can access the waterside. The pc did not consult the villagers nor obtain any input from wildlife organisations. I am worried about the effect of fishing on the birds and wildlife, and would be grateful for any useful thoughts and data please. 

  • Hi,

    Doesn’t sound much fun! 2 foot depth! Might find the fishing fizzles out quite quickly. I am surprised the pond doesn’t dry out and lose any fishes.
  • As an ex angler, like Robbo, I doubt this pond will hold many fish big enough to tempt serious anglers

    Pete

    Birding is for everyone no matter how good or bad we are at it,enjoy it while you can

  • I'm not an angler/fisherman or whatever, and my first thoughts were, 2ft of water is shallow, and that won't be across the whole of the pond either. My garden pond isn't much different in depth, so I can't realistically see any fishing being a viable option.

    My suggestion would be to obtain more info as to why this has gone ahead, the PC will keep records of their meetings, and that will be recorded as to why and what limitations there has been put in place, if any.

    I can only guess, because it is by permit only, though I don't see how that will be policed, then the number of permits and duration may have some stipulations.

    Ideally, you need to find out more, not just what is permitted, but also why

    Mike

    Flickr Peak Rambler

  • Thanks Mike. I just can’t see the logic of the decision, particularly as the pond has been a well known visitor attraction for villagers and visitors from 2 nearby towns to see the ducks , providing tranquil enjoyment ( especially for the elderly, young children and people with disability). The pc have just had 1 request re fishing, and have immediately approved a permit system. I was present at the pc meeting and allowed to speak as a member of the public (obviously stating the case against) but they decided 4-2.
    I’m trying to collate any data or information from wildlife protection organisations on the potential disturbance. If the consensus is that there is none, or minimal then so be it , I’ll accept that ( and try to monitor any detrimental behaviour affecting the birds!).
  • In reply to ItisaRobbo:

    Thanks, I know!
    If the pc won’t reverse the decision, then the best hope is that word will get around that there is nothing in the pond, or nothing worth catching, and interest will fade.
  • In reply to Seaman:

    I hope so Pete, but to me it’s “opened the door” to a door that wasn’t needed, and it will affect wildlife and the many people who enjoyed the beauty and tranquility of a local beauty spot. There are other large lake fishing clubs within a 4 mile radius. Thanks for replying
  • In reply to Boz:

    Boz said:
    Thanks Mike. I just can’t see the logic of the decision, particularly as the pond has been a well known visitor attraction for villagers and visitors from 2 nearby towns to see the ducks , providing tranquil enjoyment ( especially for the elderly, young children and people with disability). The pc have just had 1 request re fishing, and have immediately approved a permit system. I was present at the pc meeting and allowed to speak as a member of the public (obviously stating the case against) but they decided 4-2.


    I’m trying to collate any data or information from wildlife protection organisations on the potential disturbance. If the consensus is that there is none, or minimal then so be it , I’ll accept that ( and try to monitor any detrimental behaviour affecting the birds!).

    I'm afraid many councillors live in a totally different world to us, likewise our politicians. We have a hair brained (and that's being too complimentary) proposal to mess around with the traffic flow, basically, close a main road off and put lots of traffic lights in, and the claim, to reduce vehicle pollution!

    As most people are aware, continuous stop/start will increase air pollution from vehicles, but our councillors say it will reduce pollution!

    If you struggle to obtain the data you are looking for, then investigate the "Freedom of Information Act 2000"

    https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2000/36/contents

    Also a link on how to make a FOI request.

    https://www.gov.uk/make-a-freedom-of-information-request

    Mike

    Flickr Peak Rambler

  • 40 yards of bank is not going to accommodate many anglers at a time so disturbance may not be as high as you think. Most anglers are just as interested in nature conservation as we birders are and sitting quietly watching a float probably causes less disturbance than a birder walking round the pool. It would be interesting to know if there has been a survey done of what life is in the waterm a local naturalist group might have this information. It might not all be bad news as the more people interested the more people will help protect the area

    Pete

    Birding is for everyone no matter how good or bad we are at it,enjoy it while you can

  • askyourcouncil.uk/.../
    tl;dr: talk to the parish clerk.

    I suppose the big question is whether the pond will be altered to allow for angling.
  • In reply to Mike B:

    Thanks again Mike, very helpful.
    I know , some bonkers decisions !