Covid 19 update 5-0-06 2022
The government have ruled that all enforceable rules have been lifted.
There is still however a worldwide pandemic with high rates of infection in England and two new variants spreading round the globe.
The committee have decided that the toilets on all our fisheries can be re-opened and we will be installing dispensers of hand sanitizer. We recommend that anglers equip themselves with disposable anti-bacterial, multi surface wipes to clean all the surfaces they touch on the way in and on the way out of the toilets.
Please advise the office or Jon Wier if hand dispensers are found to be empty.
Anglers who have Covid 19 should not visit our fisheries until they are clear of the infection .Anglers who develop symptoms whilst on site should leave the fishery as soon as possible.
--MANDATORY NOTE TO ALL ANGLERS--
Due to a local outbreak of K.H.V. no keepnets to be used on any still waters. Dip tanks are in place on all stillwaters. Nets, mats and slings MUST be dipped (FULLY immersed) for a minimum of 15 minutes. Keep nets are allowed on the River Stour (only) from the start of the river season.
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.