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PostSubject: River Bonesgate TAC with the EA   Thu Mar 31, 2011 7:24 pm

We were asked by the Environment agency if we could help with some habitat restoration and a clean up along the Bonesgate, a tributary of the Hogsmill. This is the first time we have really gone out and done this type work with them and they are very keen for us to get more involved.

The TAC helping out means that the EA's fisheries resources do not all need to be tied up doing one job, and with the manpower more can be done.

The Bonesbrook is a Tributary of the Hogsmill which is a very important trib of the Thames. The Tributaries play a very big role in the main river recruitment.

The were a series of splash weirs put in during the 70's and have been gradually taken out as are an obstruction for fish passage. So the job of today was notching out an old weir base, changing the flow and creating easier passage.

So armed with a sledge hammer, clubs hammers spikes etc we set about clearing the spot.

Pretty hard work but very rewarding in seeing the results.

During and after some Blackthorn overhang as removed to create more light and encourage marginal plants.

Also we did a litter and debris pick along the stretch, wading down the middle and off the bank.

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As the spot was before we started



Deciding how to go about the task



Wrecking spike



First notch cut out



Motley crew Smile



Change of flow speed, passage opened up



Final result



Removing overhang




And the rubbish we pulled from the river which the local council ranger collected










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PostSubject: Re: River Bonesgate TAC with the EA   Thu Mar 31, 2011 9:00 pm

great job lads Very Happy didnt know this was happening? maybe i could have helped? ive got time on my hands as ive been out of work for a while now.give me a shout if anything comes up monday to sunday,

or maybe this was for goldstar members only.
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PostSubject: Re: River Bonesgate TAC with the EA   Thu Mar 31, 2011 9:09 pm

Hi Willy

This was a first involvement of this kind so almost a trial run and as such limited on numbers given the task

There will be more events coming up so yes loads of involvement, its works for them so all good mate. The next one will be on the Hogsmill itself as is much bigger so great volunteering opportunities coming up.

The EA areas all change as of tomorrow, so different team looking different parts of the Thames catchement


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PostSubject: Re: River Bonesgate TAC with the EA   Fri Apr 01, 2011 7:20 am

this was the first invite for this sort of work, and the EA had to restrict numbers because of it

the idea was, get a max of 4 people out there doing it, explain what to do and more importantly not what to do, see if its successful, then do loads more if it is
well it was successful, and more is planned, but we gotta be in sync with mother nature, meaning its mostly on hold because everything is growing and reproducing

any chance admin could put the before and after pic side by side
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PostSubject: Re: River Bonesgate TAC with the EA   Fri Apr 01, 2011 10:53 am

Cracking lads. Hopefully, we'll get to do much more of this work to help spawning and migration.
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PostSubject: Re: River Bonesgate TAC with the EA   Sun Apr 03, 2011 12:38 am

James Page wrote:
any chance admin could put the before and after pic side by side

No need for admin Mush... cut and paste, cut and paste!!! Laughing






If you put them side by side the pictures are too small to see anything clearly, one on top of the other works best. Cool


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PostSubject: Re: River Bonesgate TAC with the EA   Sun Apr 03, 2011 1:57 am

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cut and paste, cut and paste!!!

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Was on the list for my weekend night shift, cheers mate cheers
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PostSubject: river bonesgate TAC with the EA   Sun Apr 03, 2011 10:55 am

well done guys. when it comes to infomation on fish surveys, pollution on the trib i look after the ea send me the required data within days however if i need something done that requires ea personel it can never happen. once the health and safety issues are sorted this sort of thing maybe the way forward. did you sign a disclaimer?
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PostSubject: Re: River Bonesgate TAC with the EA   Mon Apr 04, 2011 9:56 am

Andy yes there was a health and safety disclaimer signed, it's a new one produce for anyone volunteering with the EA.

Be interested to know what region you come under as it maybe the same fisheries people and we could help make contact, if required mate.


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PostSubject: river bonesgate   Mon Apr 04, 2011 9:18 pm

hi richard
thames north east. our thames tributarys are the river roding, river ingrebourne and river beam. entering the thames at barking, hornchurch and rainham.
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PostSubject: Re: River Bonesgate TAC with the EA   Tue Apr 05, 2011 9:45 am

Andy Banham wrote:
hi richard
thames north east. our thames tributarys are the river roding, river ingrebourne and river beam. entering the thames at barking, hornchurch and rainham.
Hi Andy, it's Dave that asked my good man, but you may have thought that because I'm in your area. Wink

Dave, if you can make some enquiries mate through the official channels, I will certainly meet up with Andy and we will definitely be able to get a team of people to assist in this area. You up for it Andy?


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PostSubject: river bonesgate   Tue Apr 05, 2011 9:20 pm

must take the blinkers off. yes i would help out but need advance notice as i am on 24hr callout 2 weeks out of four and i know it would be in the week. the ea told our club they would stop regular surveys on the river as they have not got the money. years ago the river roding budget was £165,000 and most of this went into flood prevention, its probably half of this now. also when they did the last survey 2 miles from my stretch hardly any fish where electro caught and no mention of restocking.
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PostSubject: Re: River Bonesgate TAC with the EA   Wed Apr 06, 2011 12:08 pm

I belong to the same club as Andy, I also fish the stretch of the Roding that Andy looks after.

I'd also be willing to get involved with anything that involves improving the Thames/Essex rivers.

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