South West - Devon and Cornwall Area

River Exe Project (West Country Rivers Trust & Dulverton Anglers)

Coordinator  Andrew Caldwell  05/01/12 Sites      River Exe (16) Activity  2009 For more information contact

River Tone & tributaries of the River Axe - Taunton Fly Fishers

Coordinator  John Woods  05/01/12 Sites     River Tone (4), River Axe (4) Team     17 Activity  August 2006 Taunton Fly Fishing Club have water on four rivers in Somerset and have the dream of all four being perfect habitat for trout with crystal clear healthy water, good weed growth and a plentiful supply of nymphs and flies - a good indicator of the first two. As spate rivers they are not going to be crystal clear or have consistently good weed growth though we are working on improving bankside management following a Wild Trout Trust advisory report. In June 2006 a Riverfly Monitoring workshop was held on the River Yarty, supported by Wessex Water, South West Water and the Natural History Museum / Natural England Partnership, with twelve club members participating. We fall under two Environment Agency offices, and our team of ten monitor 3 sites on the Tone on a monthly basis, and two sites on the Axe bimonthly. Trigger levels will be set by the EA in the long term, but for now the data acts as basis for comparison for next years results. Summer rain levels have meant monitoring has been missed on some months due to safety considerations of entering the river. We are in the process of setting up another site in an area where we have carried out bank clearance work and will use the site to monitor any change in population as a result of the increased light into the river. A year on and we are still going well. Maintaining individuals commitment to the scheme, particularly the long term, will require continuing enthusiasm, feedback and support. A steady stream of new recruits will be required to keep it going for years. We have had one group meeting, the next, in Nov 07, will include a bankside session to discuss sampling issues followed by a pub lunch. New team members are welcomed to support the existing activities and increase the number of sites we can handle.