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Thurne Fisheries website is designed to advise on issues related to the angling and access to the Upper Thurne Broads in respect of seasonal wildfowl refuges and limited access to Horsey Mere for pike fishing.

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Hickling Broad

The Upper Thurne Broads within northern Broadland have long been recognised as an internationally important area for ducks and geese. Large flocks spend the winter on the open water of Hickling Broad, Horsey Mere and Martham Broads where they feed and roost. At times the Upper Thurne Broads can support up to ten thousand waterfowl.

Hickling like Horsey is a much larger expanse of water and has for many years lured pike anglers from afar who have the considered opinion that this large fishery has the potential to produce a record breaking pike.

Without doubt this Broad has the capabilities of producing such fish but it is not an easy venue due to its exposure to the elements which make angling difficult for those of limited ability.

Correct knowledge of the use of boats and adequate protection from the elements is a prerequisite for any who wish to exploit the potential of this mighty Broad.

Map below shows designated Wild Fowl Refuges

The image here provides an insight into the character of Hickling broad and the coloured areas indicate the voluntary wildfowl refuges that have been set up for this coming winter period.

Recommended Voluntary Code of Conduct

1: Avoid refuge areas if at all possible.

2: Do not use petrol outboards within the Hickling Broad reserve areas. If available, use electric outboards or oars to move swims within these areas.

2: Approach and navigate sanctuary areas with caution, stay close to the reed beds and try to avoid disturbing flocks of water birds.

3: Go quietly, be seen but not heard.

Please observe the Code of Conduct whenever possible and help both wildlife and angling on the Thurne System in the future!