Can all members please close and lock the gates at Swallowbrook and the reed ponds as on a number of occasions the gates have been lefted unlocked thank you for your co-opperation.

If you have caught a big fish or a good bag from one of our fisheries why not tell everyone about it.  Watch this space for updates from the Committee and work-party details too.


july 26th - 27th work party

posted 24 Jun 2019, 03:04 by Bev Edwards

Work party on 26th and 27th july at Swallowbrook to repair swims so we need all the help from our members don't worry there are light duty's too. So come along and meet other members and have a chat
we appreciate every help we get many thanks.

Opening our lakes update 12/5/2020

posted 3 Oct 2018, 04:00 by Bev Edwards   [ updated 12 May 2020, 08:35 ]




Dear Member

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday, that fishing can be resumed under certain conditions, our committee has decided that our waters will open on 13 May.

I have sought guidance from the Angling Trust and as such certain conditions, based around best practice and safety, are to be imposed on you, our members, during this transitional period. Please work with us to ensure everybody stays safe, in order that we can combat the threat of Covid 19 while still being able to enjoy our sport.

*The 2 metre social distancing between anglers must be maintained at all times, with one person per designated swim.

* A maximum of 12 cars will be permitted in each car park to ensure safe distances are     achieved.

* It is the responsibility of all angler’s to be in possession of their own sanitising gel.

*The gates and locks are to be cleaned whenever touched.

*The first angler in each day is to leave the gate open and the last person at the water each day is to lock the gate for the night

*The toilets are not to be used.

*No keepnets or the sharing of landing nets.

Please remember that you cannot fish without a current EA rod licence.

Mike Edgar




Lost Keys

posted 21 Feb 2017, 10:54 by Bev Edwards   [ updated 24 Jun 2019, 03:06 ]

Lost keys at the Reed ponds has anyone found them please let us know thank you.







Posted 9 March 2018

Successful Prosecution.....

posted 24 Feb 2016, 07:12 by Bev Edwards   [ updated 23 May 2018, 04:17 ]

Sandwich & District Angling Association

Successful Prosecution

Following a coordinated approach by

S & DAA and Dover District Council

the person flytipping in our Swallowbrook car park, over the past year, pleaded guilty in court and was sentenced to 20 weeks in prison.

Our committee is pleased at this outcome and will pursue any other instances such as this in order to ensure that our facilities remain clean and tidy for the enjoyment of members.























posted 11 Aug 2015, 09:21 by Bev Edwards   [ updated 13 Nov 2017, 09:17 ]


please take your litter home with you

posted 14 Jul 2015, 03:35 by Bev Edwards   [ updated 7 Jan 2016, 04:29 ]

New Email Address

posted 4 Jul 2014, 04:10 by Bev Edwards

We now have a new Email address for you to contact.  Please send picture of your latest catch

Cormorants- Angling Trust Action Campaign

posted 11 Aug 2012, 15:17 by Mark Taylor

Angling Trust Media Release 

Monday 30 July 2012
Angling Trust, the voice of angling 
 It's time to let MPs hear anglers' anger over cormorant damage 

Get behind the Angling Trust’s Action on Cormorants campaign

The Angling Trust has today launched the Action on Cormorants campaign which urges anglers to write to their MPs supporting the call to put cormorants and goosanders on the general licence on an annual, reviewable basis. This would give them the same status as rooks, crows, jays and magpies whose numbers can be controlled without resort to specific licence. Currently angling clubs and fishery managers have to use a bureaucratic, cumbersome and ineffective licensing system which has completely failed to protect stocks of vulnerable silver fish and salmon smolts in most parts of the country. Cormorant predation also has had a significant impact on endangered species such as the European eel.

The campaign is supported by ten fisheries, angling and wildlife organisations including the Salmon and Trout Association, the Angling Trades Association, The Rivers Trust and angling celebrities such as TV host Chris Tarrant and singer Feargal Sharkey. Other partners include the award winning Avon Roach Project which features in a specially made campaign video by wildlife film maker Hugh Miles.  There is a dedicated webpage at, an online message facility and 80,000 postcards to be distributed to anglers via fisheries and tackle shops. 

Anglers will be asked to contribute to a ‘house of horrors’ picture gallery to get across to MPs and the public the horrific damage these birds can do. Action on Cormorants also urges MPs to follow the lead of members of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Angling and become parliamentary supporters of the campaign to protect our fish.

In 2010 the Angling Trust won the agreement of Fisheries minister Richard Benyon to review the current ineffective licensing regime for controlling cormorant damage to our fisheries. The Defra Review Group is due to report shortly and the minister is expected to make an announcement in the winter.

Action on Cormorants is supported by the Angling Trust, Salmon and Trout Association, Angling Trades Association, The Rivers Trust, Avon Roach Project, Atlantic Salmon Trust, British Association for Shooting and Conservation, Countryside Alliance, Predator Action Group, Wild Trout Trust.

Some of the top names in angling have pledged to support the campaign which was officially launched on the banks of the river Severn, a river once famous for its catches of roach and dace.

Local businesses in the Bridgnorth and Shrewsbury areas have been badly affected by the reduction in silver fish stocks and the cancellation of the regular fishing competitions which drew visiting anglers from all over the country.

Angling Trust National Campaigns Coordinator Martin Salter said:
“We need every MP’s office to be flooded with postcards and emails demanding that we have the right to protect our fish from the ravages of cormorants and goosanders. We know that our opponents on this issue are preparing a challenge and will seek to claim that a fourteen fold increase in cormorant numbers isn't a problem when we all know that it is. Fortunately our campaign has the support of RSPB members who also love to fish and we have the fish stock surveys and match catch data to prove without doubt that the predator prey balance is out of kilter and needs to be addressed.”

Angling Trust Chief Executive Mark Lloyd said:
“This is an opportunity for thousands of anglers to stand up and be counted.  It will only take a few minutes to support our campaign to let MPs know that we care passionately about protecting our fish stocks and that we want action on cormorants and goosanders now.  We want a new system that will give fishery managers the opportunity to control these birds responsibly without expensive and unnecessary bureaucracy.  Please contact your MP now and, if you can, make a donation to our Action on Cormorants Fighting Fund or join the Angling Trust to help us campaign more loudly on cormorants and other important issues affecting angling and fish stocks.”

Paul Knight, CEO of the Salmon & Trout Association, said:
“Fish deserve as much protection as their predators.  We have to manage on an ecosystem basis, with healthy wild fish populations in balance with their predators.  We can no longer give greater conservation status to any one species just because it has more popular appeal, and so fishery managers need a flexible and rapid licensing system which enables them to protect threatened fish stocks at particular times, such as during the annual downstream migration of young salmon and sea trout.”

Award winning film maker and RSPB member and former employee Hugh Miles said:
“ The cormorant is a silver fish killer unparalleled in nature whose numbers have increased to such an extent that the middle reaches of many rivers, including my local Hampshire Avon, are now all but devoid of once common and sought after species such as roach. Well balanced ecosystems need a healthy balance between predator and prey and we need action now to restore that vital balance and give our fish a chance.”

George Hollingbery MP,  Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Angling said:
“I have witnessed first hand the damage that squadrons of cormorants have done to my local waters, where, in some cases fish stocks have been so badly depleted that they are no longer functioning fisheries. Angling delivers both environmental and economic benefit to communities the length and breadth of the UK. It is only right and proper that we allow fishing clubs and fishery managers the right to protect our fish from unsustainable predation.”

Des Taylor, angling columnist and long standing RSPB member said:
"One of my great loves in angling is seeing and enjoying the birdlife whilst I sit there on the bank. But when an unsustainable imbalance occurs, as has happened with the huge increase in the number of cormorants and goosanders on our waters, something has to be done to protect vulnerable fish species.  We simply cannot sit there and watch our fish stocks go down to unacceptable levels.  I back the Angling Trust’s stance on the cormorant problem in this country one hundred per cent and urge everyone to get behind them now. "

Former match legend and all round angler, Jan Porter of Shimano said:
“It's vital that as anglers we all wise up on how much impact these invasive birds are having on our fish stocks. Getting behind the campaign en masse is crucial to ensuring that everything possible is done to reduce a threat which is proliferating out of control. The price of a fishing licence these days - when many other water users pay nothing - should include much more support  to help & protect many coarse and game fisheries and fish from being wiped out."

Angling Times columnist and river ace, Dave Harrell said:
"We need every single angler to get behind this campaign as it is one of the most important things they will ever do. We all know how much damage these birds have caused and it is imperative that the law is changed as soon as possible.  Without change, we will continue to see fish stocks damaged and greatly reduced  but with anglers support, I am sure we can achieve our objective. However, without that support, the future of many fisheries in this country will remain seriously threatened."


Photo caption:  
1. Photograph of the campaign launch with the giant Action on Cormorants postcard on the banks of the River Severn at Bewdley with Mark Owen (Angling Trust Freshwater Campaign Manager), Dave Harrell, Jan Porter, Martin Salter and Des Taylor.

Available from
2. PDF of the Action on Cormorants postcard and message to MPs

More info:

Cormorants - Key Facts

• Biodiversity of our rivers and many still waters are at serious risk from excessive predation from cormorants

• Numbers have exploded in the last two decades to unsustainable levels

• Rivers and waterways are failing under the Water Framework Directive and of those failing over 50% do so due to poor fish stocks

• Waters that have been heavily impacted by cormorants take years to recover under the present system – sometimes failing all together

• Populations of indigenous species like roach on the Hampshire Avon are under serious threat of extinction

• Modification of our rivers by man has resulted in salmon and sea trout being increasingly vulnerable to cormorants and goosanders as they try to migrate to sea through weirs and hydropower plants

• Direct threat to designated endangered fish species protected under European legislation

• Over wintering cormorants estimated at 23,000. Each individual eats at least one pound of fish EVERY DAY (2,760,000lb of fish each winter)

• Numbers increased by non-native immigrants (European sub-species Carbo Sinensis) from mainland Europe

• The present licensing system is woefully inadequate and does not give us the capabilities to protect our fish properly.

• The Eel Management Plans submitted and accepted by the European Commission estimate that between 29 & 43 tons of endangered eel is eaten by cormorants every year in England and Wales. 

• The government’s Moran Committee acknowledged the damage that cormorants can do to inland fisheries

List of Birds already on the General licence

Crow Corvus corone
Dove, Collared Streptopelia decaocto
Gull, Lesser Black-backed Larus fuscus
Jackdaw Corvus monedula
Jay Garrulus glandarius
Magpie Pica pica
Pigeon, Feral Columba livia
Rook Corvus frugilegus
Woodpigeon Columba palumbus
Goose, Canada Branta canadensis
Parakeet, Monk Myiopsitta monachus
Parakeet, Ring-necked Psittacula krameri


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Please Take Unused Bait Home

posted 27 Jun 2012, 15:07 by Mark Taylor   [ updated 29 Jan 2014, 14:21 ]

We have been informed that some large rats have been seen at Swallowbrook.  We have sought advice from the EA about how to deal with them and they have told us that the best way is to make sure that we don't leave any food i.e. unused bait around the lake for them to feed upon.  Please make sure all unused bait is disposed off by taking it home with you.  Please do not lob it in the bushes or even, worse, in the lake... waste uneaten bait can kill a fishery...

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