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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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Introduction

Introduction to the Voluntary Wildfowl Refuges Project

Some history of the events leading up to date are listed below:

Winter 2004-5
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A 30lb Horsey pike

During the Winter of 2004-5 EN and NWT sought to evaluate the impact of angling on Hickling Broad and in particular within the appointed refuge areas. In an effort to make the project a valid exercise pike anglers were asked to follow a Basic Code of Practice whilst fishing on Hickling Broad.

This was drawn up in consultation with representatives from Broads Angling Strategy Group and Norfolk Anglers Conservation Association and the co-operation of all pike anglers was sought make the partnership a tangible way to manage the difficult matter of fishing at times when the Upper Thurne system is home to large populations of over wintering and short stay migratory birds.

This first season of monitoring was important to establish data relative to the effect of angling on these birds. If the anglers visiting the area observe the Code of Practice, disturbance is minimal and we could establish that angling pressure will not create unnecessary disturbance, a more relaxed approach to access may be possible! This will ultimately be a reflection of the support you as pike anglers give us.

Controlled test days were carried out to evaluate specific reaction to disturbance on the wildfowl in addition to the routine discreet monitoring.

The major problems with disturbance that occurred during the trial were from unauthorised pike fishing (poaching) on Horsey Mere. This particular water is a fully closed Broad that acts a wildfowl reserve, with no authorised access other than navigation between the Staithes.

To all of you who supported the trials we extend our thanks.

About the 2005-2006 season: read more