CDAA Office will be closed on Monday 29th August due to the Bank Holiday. The office will re-open Tuesday 30th August at 9:30 am
Members should be aware that access and egress along the Drove will be severely restricted on Thursday 8th and Friday 9th September while essential water-supply work is completed by contractors on behalf of one of the Drove residents. Please ensure vehicles needing to exit the Drove on these days do so first thing in the morning as we have been informed the Drove will not be passable during the works. We apologise for the inconvenience.
Since 1928 The Association has been managing extensive fisheries in the Stour Valley below Canterbury, offering first class lake and river fishing for a variety of species. The historic and famous stretch of the River Stour, which the Association leases from the Fordwich United Charities, reaches downstream from Fordwich Bridge as far as Plucks Gutter. Fordwich trout were referred to in Izaak Waltons The Compleat Angler, their descendants are still running up the river to spawn, when the conditions are right for them.
The fisheries between Fordwich and Grove Ferry are in surroundings of great natural beauty and are part of an area designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), recently upgraded to an International RAMSAR site. Fishery management in the SSSI is subject to an agreement between the Association and English Nature.
Care is needed not to interfere with wildlife or the natural vegetation. The Associations Committee takes its conservation responsibilities to protect this part of our heritage seriously and will take action against any member found to be damaging the environment.