Mid Kent Fisheries - Awards for Environmental Work
Staff at Mid Kent Fisheries are proud to have received a number of awards for various areas of environmental work.
We are proud to have won an environmental prize in the Environment Awards for Kent Business for an enhancement scheme on the River Stour.
The project encouraged wild brown trout and sea trout to return to the river to breed by improving the habitat through the installation of low weirs and weed control.
Before taking over in 1991, the river was silted and clogged with weed. Low weirs were installed to increase the flows and clean the gravel where the fish lay their eggs and encroaching weed was removed. Before the project went ahead a survey found no wild brown trout in the river. The work was carried out in the spring and by the following October a further survey revealed 162 small, wild brown trout in the river with many other water creatures now thriving and breeding.
A further award has been received from the London Councils Scheme for extensive works carried out on behalf of Wandsworth Borough Council.
This could have involved the desiltation of a lake in a Council Park, removing toxic silt to a specialist site, the cost of which would have been prohibitive. We therefore designed a safe and secure scheme to use gabions, incorporating the existing silt behind those and planting the whole area with new reed beds and other natural grasses. The area had previously caused distress to local residents because of the outlook and smell but they are now absolutely delighted with the final results.
We are able to landscape lakes to create reed margins and provide the perfect habitat and are also equipped to install aeration systems in lakes which suffer heavy algae, to oxygenate the water.
Other habitat management expertise available includes tree cutting and removal.
In order to maintain an accessible and diverse environment, woodlands and forest areas must be regularly maintained to avoid them becoming overgrown, choked with both weeds and saplings.
Also, old and diseased trees must be identified and where necessary cut down or have the unhealthy limbs removed, both to maintain the quality and health of the existing environment and its neighbouring trees and to ensure that our accessed woodlands are safe.
As part of our ongoing plan to provide an excellent service as well as creating fantastic waters throughout the south east we at Mid Kent Fisheries are pleased to announce that we now have on board kevin Durman, a licensed Angling trust coach.
Source: mkf, Date and Time of entry: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 16:39
Newsletter for 2013 now available
The good news is there will be no increase in membership fees this year and we have actually reduced the fee for juniors across the tiers.
Source: mkf, Date and Time of entry: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 09:52