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Saving Our Rivers

The FP&WDFA is a vibrant and active organisation concentrating on the rivers of Dorset; working to achieve its aims in conjunction with other groups, including The Salmon and Trout Research Centre of the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust at East Stoke, The Atlantic Salmon Trust, Wessex Chalkstream & Rivers Trust and the Environment Agency.

In addition to those who actually fish these rivers our membership includes conservationists and those with an interest in our rivers. We believe that clean rivers with healthy native fish stocks and other wildlife are the best proof of a healthy environment.

Why you should join the FP&WDFA Association
The FP&WDFA provides a forum for the exchange of views, the dissemination of information via meetings, newsletters and our website, promoting good river management. A strong association membership can exert greater pressure to achieve our goals.
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AGM 2015

Our Annual General Meeting will be yet again held at the Freshwater Biological Association River Laboratory, East Stoke on Thursday 30th April at 7pm. Our guest speaker is Peter Hayes. Peter has had a lifetime fishing the chalk streams for trout and he is the author of many trout fishing books. Please join us for a light buffet and wine after the meeting. Once again, it is FREE, so please bring a friend. Please RSVP to

FPWDFA Newsletter 2015

AGM 2014

The AGM on 25th April at 7:00pm, to be held at River Laboratory, Freshwater Biological Association, East Stoke, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 6BB

2c2a3c6318731318f6183aef997f3885We have plenty of good news to report on, and a fascinating talk planned by our guest speaker, Charles Rangeley-Wilson. Fisherman, author, and a passionate conservationist, Charles has an interesting conservation background as a founder of The Wild Trout Trust and working with WWF.

We have a few items on the agenda to discuss;

1. Apologies
2. Introduction by the Chairman
3. Minutes of 2013 AGM
4. Chairman’s report
5. Treasurer’s report
6. Elections
7. Update: Fish passes and projects
8. AOB
9. Short talk from Zoe Pittaway, Wessex Water
10. Talk from Charles Rangeley-Wilson

This year, the evening will be free for all attendees and includes a buffet supper and a glass of wine.

If you wish to attend, for catering purposes, we ask for RSVPs purposes to be sent to:

Olivia Durkin
Westcountry Rivers Trust
Rain-Charm House
Kyl Cober Parc – Stoke Climsland – Callington – Cornwall – UK – PL17 8PH
Tel: 01579 372156
Mobile: 07805 773923

A Ray of Hope

A ray of good news from the Frome, despite the very low numbers of salmon running the system this year and the almost complete lack of grilse, one mighty fish was recorded going up stream late in the season, measuring 1.35m on the camera at East Stoke, lets hope he finds his mate waiting for him on some of the new gravels.


Thanks to Bill Beaumont for this great photograph