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Steve Holmes



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PostSubject: Sat 18th Feb Hogsmill habitat enhancement   Tue Jan 24, 2012 5:51 pm

Another chance to do worthwhile work on our rivers that directly benefits the fish. We'll be enhancing the Hogsmill around the Worcester park area. Clearing the river to enhance flow and clearing overhanging vegetation to allow light in so that aquatic plant and invertebrate life (fish food) flourishes.

Many of the fish stocked in the Lower Thames area go into the Hogsmill so important the Hogmill habitat is optimised.

Please put your names down if you can make it. No time fixed yet but the aim will be to tear thru the work so should only take up a portion of your day. If you can spare 2-3 hours it would be very much appreciated.



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PostSubject: Re: Sat 18th Feb Hogsmill habitat enhancement   Tue Jan 24, 2012 5:59 pm

Count me in
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PostSubject: Re: Sat 18th Feb Hogsmill habitat enhancement   Tue Jan 24, 2012 6:00 pm

hope to make this one Smile
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PostSubject: sat 18th feb   Wed Jan 25, 2012 6:14 pm

hi all is that the worcester park near cheam?
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PostSubject: sat 18th feb hogsmill habitat enhancement   Wed Jan 25, 2012 6:24 pm

Could someone stick up a map of the area and mark the meeting point with an X please.
cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Sat 18th Feb Hogsmill habitat enhancement   Wed Jan 25, 2012 10:59 pm

That's right Andy, Worcester Park is near Cheam.

Will by all means post up a map when exact place has been decided, with an X marking the meeting point.
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PostSubject: Re: Sat 18th Feb Hogsmill habitat enhancement   Wed Jan 25, 2012 11:03 pm

Are there fish up as far as Worcester Park, I used to go down Malden Manor as a kid for the stickle backs but never saw anything else, I lived that way all my life and never seen any other fish, I know of fish from behind the old swimming baths at kingston but never any further up.
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PostSubject: Re: Sat 18th Feb Hogsmill habitat enhancement   Wed Jan 25, 2012 11:14 pm

Kevin Russell wrote:
Are there fish up as far as Worcester Park, I used to go down Malden Manor as a kid for the stickle backs but never saw anything else, I lived that way all my life and never seen any other fish, I know of fish from behind the old swimming baths at kingston but never any further up.

Definitely Kev.

When they get restocked in the Hogsmill - a few hundred chub, dace and roach a year - they go in much further up at Ewell. Dave and I tipped a load in last year with the EA in King George V Rec.

And as for Malden Manor, I think you'd be very surprised then what's caught from there nowadays Suspect

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PostSubject: hogsmill   Thu Jan 26, 2012 6:43 am

i work all over and i was at a de vere venues hotel and grounds in surrey and they had a stream 2ft wide about 10" deep and it had chubb in it. never saw them in winter only spring/summer. i get off the A3 at worcester park to go to a suppler in north cheam passing cheam angling. i have not noticed the hogsmill
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PostSubject: Re: Sat 18th Feb Hogsmill habitat enhancement   Thu Jan 26, 2012 7:31 am

Its tucked away Andy, When you leave the A3 and travel about 3/4 mile along Malden Road theres a sharp bend with Traffic lights just before the first Railway Bridge, If you turned right there or the next turn after the Bridge you would be in the right Direction. Its even hard to see on google earth, If you find Surbiton Raceway (The go kart track) it runs along parallel to this.

Steve - Tell me then whats in there now, cant believe theres fish in there with catching and Im sitting on top of them.
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PostSubject: Re: Sat 18th Feb Hogsmill habitat enhancement   Thu Jan 26, 2012 8:36 am

There are fish right through the tribs. whether they are catchable size will differ.

The important thing about them is they are the veins of the main river. The tributaries are a key recruitment ground as the fry and smaller fish end up in the Thames. Its all about a bigger picture as such and a wider ecosystem Smile

This is habitat work and a clean up, the tribs are used as a rubbish dump so will be a in river and bankside clean as well.

This was one of our earlier events and look how much got pulled out in a few hours Shocked

http://rivertac.org/2011/04/tac-volunteers-out-with-the-environment-agency/

If anyone sees and area of river we should be clearing, let us know. Ian C already mentioned a stretch of the Colne where he has seen an array of car batteries etc. So post it up, we can check with the EA that we are not disturbing any species and get a clean up arranged, all good chaps
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PostSubject: Re: Sat 18th Feb Hogsmill habitat enhancement   Sun Feb 05, 2012 7:00 pm

Bump..

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PostSubject: sat 18th feb hogsmill habitat enhancement   Mon Feb 06, 2012 11:35 am

Any news on a meeting point lads?
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PostSubject: Re: Sat 18th Feb Hogsmill habitat enhancement   Mon Feb 06, 2012 11:43 am

James Annear wrote:
Any news on a meeting point lads?

We're waiting on the EA to confirm place and time James but will most likely be the Worcester Park Rd stretch on the Tolworth/Worcester park borders, near the Hogsmill pub.

If you're coming along James, I'll pick you up from the station of your choice if you like? Can arrange nearer the time...
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PostSubject: sat 18th feb hogsmill habitat enhancement   Mon Feb 06, 2012 11:46 am

cheers steve
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PostSubject: Re: Sat 18th Feb Hogsmill habitat enhancement   Wed Feb 08, 2012 3:35 pm

Just had confirmation - it's the Worcester Park Road stretch on the borders of Tolworth and Worcester Park. We'll meet outside the Hogsmill pub.

Saturday 18th Feb 9am - noon with a half time tea break. Loads of work to do, we'll bosh it out then the day is ours.

I've bolded the important bits as some silly sausage turned up an hour early last time and wasn't sure he was in the right place (Rob Hay you know who you are mate Laughing )

The Fisheries team has asked if we can come up with 10 volunteers. We've got 620+ on this forum, up to 80 visiting each day. Please can some of you help us out? Very Happy Can those who expressed initial interest also confirm you're still on for it, thanks?

If you haven't done river work parties, you feel brilliant about what you've done afterwards. You also get more angling intel than you know what to do with.

Please step up if you can fellas Smile
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PostSubject: sat 18th feb hogsmill habitat enhancement   Wed Feb 08, 2012 3:50 pm

I,m up for this Steve, as long as i can get a pick up, i not to sure where that is, not my manor mate.
speak nearer the date.
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PostSubject: Re: Sat 18th Feb Hogsmill habitat enhancement   Wed Feb 08, 2012 3:52 pm

James Annear wrote:
I,m up for this Steve, as long as i can get a pick up, i not to sure where that is, not my manor mate.
speak nearer the date.
cheers
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Consider it done mate - will speak nearer Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Sat 18th Feb Hogsmill habitat enhancement   Wed Feb 08, 2012 4:48 pm

Thanks for that reminder Steve Embarassed hahaha
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PostSubject: Re: Sat 18th Feb Hogsmill habitat enhancement   Wed Feb 08, 2012 5:58 pm

Im there, see you at 9
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PostSubject: Re: Sat 18th Feb Hogsmill habitat enhancement   Tue Feb 14, 2012 11:22 am

Kevin, James thank you gents.

We need more help guys - the TAC needs you. This Saturday, River Hogsmill 9am-12 noon with a half time cuppa break. I've always got Jaffa cakes in the car....yes...we'll have tea and Jaffas Smile

If you can spare 3 hours this Saturday morning improving this tributary, Isaak will smile kindly down upon you and the Old Father will recognise your sacrifice. There's definitely something in it! So many lads who've attended work parties/litter picks have gone on to catch a dream fish shortly after.

Please volunteer if you can Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Sat 18th Feb Hogsmill habitat enhancement   Tue Feb 14, 2012 11:45 am

Count me and clayton in on this one steve.
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PostSubject: Re: Sat 18th Feb Hogsmill habitat enhancement   Tue Feb 14, 2012 6:53 pm

Nice one Andy, top man, that's 6 of us so far.

Could do with a few more volunteers if possible as a big stretch of river to work on so don't be shy folks...

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PostSubject: ref Hogsmill   Wed Feb 15, 2012 8:03 pm

Ill be there if I can find it.Any chance of map Question
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PostSubject: Re: Sat 18th Feb Hogsmill habitat enhancement   Wed Feb 15, 2012 8:07 pm

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=Old+Malden+Lane,+Worcester+Park,+KT4+7PY&hl=en&ll=51.375318,-0.263621&spn=0.000909,0.002642&sll=53.800651,-4.064941&sspn=14.118794,43.286133&hnear=Old+Malden+Ln,+United+Kingdom&t=h&z=19

The Hogsmill Pub can be seen here, I would assume from Hounslow you will be comming on the A240 then cross Tolworth Roundabout (A3) then turn left at the second set of lights
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