Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Bit more on Beavers below.  .  Why not let them know what you think.  As usual nothing much from WUF or NRW on this issue.  Where are they going to get 'wild' beavers from I wonder..
If they are 'ranched ' stocked out animals will they be viable parents, breeders,.  Who will teach them to build dams.  What about their genetics.   They ask similar questions of salmon.  Will we now have beaver 'scientists' all with a different viewpoint.  God help us!!

The Welsh Beaver Project is investigating the feasibility of bringing wild beavers (Castor fiber) back to Wales. This work is being led by the Wildlife Trusts in Wales as part of their Living Landscapes strategy.
This website aims to provide reliable useful information on the European Beaver.  It has been developed in coordination with farming, forestry, fisheries and conservation interests as part of a cooperative consultation exercise.
Here you can find out more about beavers, download reports and get the details of the public events we will be holding.
We are keen to hear what you think about the reintroduction of beavers to Wales.  Please send us your comments by phone, email or letter.
Welsh Beaver Project
Wildlife Trusts Wales c/o
Radnorshire Wildlife Trust

Warwick House
High Street
Llandrindod Wells
Tel: 01597 823298
Email: beaver.afanc@wildlifetrustswales.org

Monday, 22 January 2018


Anglers in the Erwood area who fish particularly on the  tributaries in this area are asked to keep an eye open for signs of beavers.  It is an indisputable fact that a female beaver was found on one of the local tributaries recently.. It weighed 34lbs and amazingly it was a pregnant female, which means of course there must be others or at least one male..    Local wildlife Organisations deny any knowledge of beaver introduction and when contacted Radnor Wildlife Trust confirmed that they too had heard  a rumour of this, now dead, beaver.   It's not a rumour I can confirm it is a Fact.   Photograph may be available soon.

Looks like some illegal monkey business is going on-m similar to the otter introductions of some years ago.

Interesting link below;


River now falling off on upstream beats after a huge spate.  heaven knows what damage itmay have caused to remaining redds.!

Who are these people  I wonder!!!!!!!!!!!!!

M. C. from LONDON
Saturday 20 January 2018 (2 days ago)
Area:Lugg & Arrow
Beat:The Eyton Beat
Fishing:Winter Grayling
No. of Anglers:1
River in flood, very coloured and unfishable

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Double right click the below link and go to - search you tube.


Video is an hour long and its raining outside so settle down with a bottle of wine, watch video to the end and then go to the tiolet and be sick!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, 20 January 2018

All seems quiet for the moment a moment.   No more lets agree to disagree proposals from SMS, not a word from the New WUF Director and NRW/EA in the usual confusion as to what new byelaws to dump on us next season.

Below some free style tungsten head tube flies which might be worth a chuck next season , that is if we are allowed to put a hook in them!!

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Well there are lies, damn lies and then there are statistics.!!!!!!!

I finish with a picture of some work WUF did in 2004 removing a weir put on the natural falls at Pantmawr. Until this was done, no salmon had been recorded above Pantmawr falls during routine electrofishing surveys since the weir was built. In the foreground by the grass the 3′ x 2′ high weir with vertical sides which went the whole way across …..to aid accurate gauging! It was a very effective barrier. we removed it all before the spawning season that year.
Please find attached the electrofishing results kindly supplied by NRW for the area above the previously mentioned falls at Pantmawr, simply for reasons of clarity. Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0’
Upper Wye and Tarrenig fish data to 2017
There are 2 pages one is the data supplied by NRW and the other is our analysis. To locate the National Grid Reference codes (NGR) I recommend using streetmap.
WUF Projects

On the grapevine is a rumour that steps are in progress for a canoe club being formed at |Builth Wells with an offshoot in Rhayader.  Although it;'s early days they intend to use the upper Wye whether or not NRW grant canoe access to all rivers in Wales.    Should be interesting to say the least and will be interesting to see what forces gather to try and prevent them.  Watch this space.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Pretty nondescript Episode of the Wye programme on BBC last night with much of it devoted to canoeing.  Again on the non navigable  Glasbury to Hay section, the unlawful use of which is still supported and promoted by WUF, and others.
What was it one of the canoe instrutors said when talking about his expedition downriver.  I think "it's nature's playground "was the wording he used and how right he is.   I wonder what the reaction would be if the same canoe activity took place between Builth Wells and Glasbury.

River up again this morning after heavy showers said to be turning wintry later.


Monday, 15 January 2018

Still much talk on FFF regarding the Wye where the ex supremo seems to be making up WUF policy as he goes along.

One has to say the person one feels sorry for in all this is the new Chief Executive Simon Evans who has remained silent throughout the whole of the goings on.  Now this might be a sensible attitude to take but it does beg the question who actually is in charge of WUF and able to speak for it with authority on issues of policy or fact on which it is being questioned./  Would it not be sensible if the Chief Executive was the one responsible for going on the record and not the second in Command or whatever role he now has
We know Simon goes through life in a haze of enthusiasm and expectation, not always realised, but at least he has none of the nasty, sneering self interest of his former boss. Is he being prevented from engaging with others in a new era of co operation on wonders and if so then its shameful and he needs to get the Parrot off his shoulder as soon as possible.  One wonders where are all the trustees in this and how do they see the situation I wonder.!