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Rother Riverfly Monitoring Scheme
Saturday 26 September
9.30am – 4.30pm
Become a riverfly monitor!
ARRT (Arun and Rother Rivers Trust) and ARC (Arun and Rother Connections) are offering free river survey training to cover kick sampling, methodology and recording.
This session is aimed at equipping people with the knowledge and skills to carry out a monthly survey on a 1km stretch of the river Rother.
A qualified surveyor will lead the session and all equipment will be provided.
Coultershaw Beam Pump
Coultershaw Education Room
For further information and to confirm your place please contact the Volunteer Co-ordinator on 01273 763377 or email email@example.com.
Thanks to a dedicated team we have now managed to clear most of the weed from the middle pond, it has been hard work and we have gone through a succession of weed removal tool designs and schemes and we finally have something that is really effective. It still needs quite a bit of labour to operate it (a three man team to use the tool and one or two others to get rid of the weed that has been removed).
We have had a number of people visit Hurston recently and we have sought advice from them for ways to keep the weed at bay and from this we have formulated a plan for the further development of Hurston. This involves some fairly major removal of trees and in particular overhanging branches to allow more air and light on the water. The added bonus is that this will also reduce the amount of leaf debris that drops into the ponds in autumn and we know that this leaf debris provides nutrients for the weed growth that we are trying to control. We can manage a lot of the work ourselves as long as we get enough people to the upcoming Wednesday night work parties. So please if you can spare a couple of hours on a Wednesday evening come up to Hurston and lend a hand. The work is not going to be too heavy and will mostly consist of removing and burning the wood that is cut out.
We will need to call in specialists to help with the felling and removal of some big trees. When this is being done we will have to close the venue for one or two days for safety reasons. Please keep an eye on the website and also for notices in the shops for any closures.
Whilst it is not unusual to catch Flounders in the Arun, sometimes several miles from the sea, it is the first one we have heard of from the Rother. Proof if it was needed that the new fish pass at Hardham is working. If anyone else catches one or any other unusual catch from the Rother please let us know, we're sure the EA would be interested to hear of any unusual catches too.
On a recent visit with dad Mike, who is our Fishery Officer, young Ollie Kitchener had the lovely looking Carp and Tench pictured below from the Middle Pond.