Sayers Meadow News

Sayers News 03/08/09

The 'Beast' at Sayers Meadow

'The Beast' returned to the banks at Sayers Meadow fishery in july looking in fantastic condition, and with a weight of 18.11


Her captor on this occasion Tony Bidwell, fishery manager of the Square Meadow fishery which is part of the Sayers fisheries, was delighted with the achievement.

The beauty of this fish and its continued growth is a reflection on the policys of the fishery management and the care that our members take of there quarry and of the surrounding environment.

NACA is working in partnership with the Environment Agency to deliver the River Wensum Restoration Stratergy, and to continue stocking of Barbel in to the Wensum.

Sayer Fisheries is just one of NACA's managed fisheries for more information about this fishery or of the restoration work that has been carried out by NACA on this stretch of the Wensum please Click Here

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River Wensum Restoration Strategy - A view from Sayers Meadow



Broadly speaking, I believe from an angling/environmental point of view any attempt to improve the general state of the river Wensum is to be welcomed.

 Sayers MeadowThe strategy as described in the fact sheet suggests certain key actions which fit very well with our interests – with certain caveats.

 1.       REDUCING THE EFFECTS OF IMPOUNDMENT BY MODIFYING THE MILL STRUCTURES: hopefully this would open up the possibilities for fish migration (maybe for the first time in hundreds of years). This would be particularly beneficial for those species which naturally spawn in the headwaters. A cautionary note: the mill pools immediately below the structures are often the “honey pot” areas for fish on the Wensum, sometimes also used for spawning/nursery areas, IT COULD BE COUNTER-PRODUCTIVE TO REMOVE THEM OR MODIFY THEM EXCESSIVELY.

2.       RAISING THE RIVER BED BY INTRODUCING (OR REPLACING!) GRAVEL: should give a more “natural” form to the channel, in conjunction with the above. Certain species of fish and other life-forms are known to prefer clean gravel in any event.

 3.       NARROWING OF THE RIVER CHANNEL: should result in increased current speeds, hopefully keeping some areas at least relatively free of silt/sand deposits.

4.       INCREASING THE AMOUNT OF WOODY DEBRIS IN THE CHANNEL: I understand this would encourage silt deposition in key areas, leading to further narrowing and consequent increased current speed.

Read more: River Wensum Restoration Strategy - A view from Sayers Meadow

Gravel Jetting at Sayers



Pressure jetting debris from riffles in preparation for spawning.On March 17 2009 (St. Patrick’s Day – hopefully an auspicious omen!) the E.A. local Fisheries team began this years program of gravel jetting on the Wensum.

On Sayers Meadow, priority is being given to areas where the barbel have been seen spawning in the past, namely the side stream and the top riffle down on the meadow. A colossal amount of silt/sand etc is presently in the system, and jetting the spawning areas to remove it from the gravel is crucial if there is to be any chance of successful barbel spawning.

The team will move on to other sites at Costessey Point, Taverham, Attlebridge and Swanton Morley later.

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