Archive for May, 2010


The papers for the Forum on 25th May 2010 may be found in ABOUT ACA/ AVON ESTUARY FORUM

A conservation policy for Salmon and Sea Trout in the Avon

The ACA is very grateful to Mick Loates for allowing us to include his personal recollections of fishing for salmon and sea trout on the Avon (go to ECOLOGY/FISHING).  His observations make an interesting counterbalance to the fish numbers reported by the Environment Agency for recent years which are reviewed below and on the same FISHING page.   Mick presents a challenging set of  conservation objectives, some of which are already being tackled by both the ACA and the Avon Fishing Association.  However, there is no room for complacency if we are to adequately conserve, protect and improve the Avon.


 Kingsbridge Natural History Society has arranged a guided walk along the River Avon, led by Gordon Waterhouse.  Avon Mill has kindly agreed to parking in their car park and this is where the walk will begin:  24th May 2010, 1800 (6pm).

Salmon and trout numbers

The attached review of Environment Agency data on fish stocks in the Avon may be of interest – click here to read the document  – RIVER AVON FISH CATCHES.    We often are told how things aren’t what they used to be but, in recent years, salmonid stocks in the Avon are actually doing quite well – despite the various factors which pose a threat to them.


Once again our luck held and, on 12th May, 18 hardy souls were able to enjoy a sunny spell, a stroll, a sandwich and each other’s company in Stiddicombe Wood, admiring the bench the ACA purchased as a memorial to past chairman, John Crawford.   Some even brought their own seats!  

Although the timing was just about right for bluebell flowering, the ramsons (wild garlic) were more spectacular, providing a heady aroma on entering the wood from the creek end – the flowers also tasted fantastic in our sandwiches! 

Stiddicombe Wood is a much under-used jewel on the Avon Estuary Walk although it is relatively easy to reach on a well-marked trail across farmland from either Bridge End, at Aveton Gifford, or from Bantham.