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North West - Central Area

Manchester Anglers Association

Coordinator  Ian Fleming River Keeper  23/12/11

Sites      River Ribble (4)

Team      8

Activity   May 2007

www.manchester-anglers.org.uk

The 4 monitoring sites are located within the MAA 12 mile fishery on the headwaters of the Ribble, North Yorkshire.

In 2005 the Manchester Anglers Association (MAA) adopted a resolution which moved the management of the fishery from a policy of regular stocking with farm bred fish to a sustainable wild trout fishery. No stocking has taken place on the fishery since 2005. To achieve our aim of preserving our wild fish stock and presenting the highest standard of natural fishing we initiated a programme of conservation work on the river to ensure that our wild trout are able to recruit to their optimum potential. As part of this conservation programme we set out to establish a baseline for our riverfly populations so that we can monitor the effectiveness of our work in helping to increase the number of riverflies and other invertebrates (eg. gammarus) present.

Sites were chosen as representative of the differing habitats on the fishery as well as being located in areas where we have carried out major habitat work and where fishing pressure is heaviest. We monitor two sites each month as conditions (H&S considerations) on this spate river permit. We monitor two further sites on a six monthly basis again as conditions and availability of volunteers permit. We have a total of 8 trained volunteers 5 of whom are active and became involved in the AMI in 2008. The sites are:

1. Tay Bridge - This site lies below all potential pollution sources on the fishery and is at the lower end of our waters.

2. New Inn Bridge - This site lies at the confluence of the main and one of the major feeder becks at the centre of Horton village.

3. Turn Dub - This site lies near a major spring inlet and at the lower end of major habitat work.

4. Selside - This site lies at the start of the Ribble proper where two major becks join and where we have undertaken extensive habitat work.

We have undertaken extensive habitat work on our 12 mile fishery to encourage the recruitment of riverfly including bankside fencing and the planting of over three thousand hardwood native trees.  This year we are planning to part sponser an MSc project that will identify the barriers to optimum salmonid recruitment in the tributary becks.

We work in partnership with the Ribble Catchment Conservation Trust and PBA Applied Ecology (www.pba-ecology.co.uk) on habitat and ecological enhancement works.

Ribble Catchment Conservation Trust

Coordinator  Jack Spees & Catherine Birtwistle  23/12/11

Sites      Ribble catchment (35)

Team      40

Activity   May 2009, with expansion 2010 and 2011

www.ribbletrust.org.uk

The Ribble Catchment Conservation Trust held two very popular and successful workshops in June 2010, largely funded by a grant received from the Big Lottery Fund. After sending out emails to local angling clubs and other environmental organisations in the area, together with an advertorial in a local newspaper, both workshops quickly became over-subscribed. Enthusiastic tutors and great weather made for two highly enjoyable days and feedback from volunteers was really positive. The Trust feel privileged that so many local people are incredibly keen to help out with the monitoring programme to safeguard river habitats and would like to thank all the volunteers for their continued involvement.

The RCCT AMI group has become ever larger with more and more anglers and general interest volunteers becoming involved.  We have held 4 training days and trained over 50 volunteers.  This has allowed us to monitor regularly over 35 sites.  We have reported over 6 incidents of decreased invertebrate abundances to the EA, each have seen follow up actions and all sites saw improvements following the EA actions.  We have received funding and support from the Ribble Fisheries Consultative association who have helped to source funding and volunteers.  We also incorporated the the AMI scheme into our Discovering Urban Rivers project that was part funded by the EA and the Awards for all Big Lottery Fund.  The scheme combined with our volunteer electro fishing surveys has really helped to build up an impressive picture of the health of our rivers and streams.  We are now linking volunteer otter and invasive species surveys to our AMI recording that provides information on a scale that is unprecedented in our catchment.  We held a volunteer evening in November 2010 to report back to our volunteers on all the data gathered and the wider picture within the catchment, this was well received and we hope to make this an annual event. This is a fantastic scheme and we hope to continue to expand and delivery there results into the future.

We have not set trigger levels as such due to lack of data and resource, however using baselines collected and local EA and RCCT knowledge we have reported 6 breaches that have lead to EA intervention.  In addition it has highlighted several invasive species that we were unaware of.