4 January 2015

Its not been a bad week weatherwise.  Certainly much better than just before Christmas when the pastures and meadows hereabouts were under several inches of water.  Still, the ducks liked it.

Its been a long time since I have seen so many wild duck on the river in winter.  I went out on Monday with Adam from the Ribble Trust seeking out Japanese Knotweed on the River.  A couple of patches had been spotted on Horton beck in the autumn and it was thought to be sensible to check if this infestation had spread to the main river.  Fortunately we found only one small clump just above Cragghill farm.  These will all be treated by he Trust towards the backend of this year.  If anyone spots further patches between Cragghill and Helwith Bridge that we may have missed please do let me know.

It was a grand walk along the river in decent weather.  The river was in sparkling form and as I have said already it was alive with mallard.  This does suggest that we presently have no mink on the lower river.  I took a good look at the Deighton water that we are just concluding the purchase of.  It needs a fair bit of work especially where the bank is eroding and the river is excavating a monster pool, but it has potential and a bit of judicious tree pruning, wire removal and bank protection should make most of it fishable.

I also marked out were we could do with a couple of stiles on the east bank at Studfold.  This is something thats been on my “to do” list for far too long and something that will be attended to before the start of the new season.

The Tarn fish have now been ordered and I’m just waiting for the new EA consenting procedure to kick in on 19 January before seeking a permanent licence to stock the Tarn.  It will seem a bit odd no longer filling out S30 forms.

Ian

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