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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, Westcountry Rivers Trust & 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.

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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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Below is the latest news blog on what's happening in and around our rivers, if you have any news that you would like published, please email it to the

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Newsletter – March 2017

Frome, Piddle & West Dorset Fisheries Association internet based news briefs.

Our website is now being used in full again and we can expect regular news briefs.


The news will appear as links on the Westcountry Rivers Trust’s Twitter and Facebook. So please sign up to those as well for all their other information.

Many thanks for everyone’s continued support.


AGM 2017

Our annual AGM will be at 6.30pm on Friday 21st April at the River Laboratory, East Stoke, Dorset. I do hope everyone can come. There will be buffet and refreshments. A small donation of £5 or more would be gratefully accepted to help to cover the cost. There will be a guest speaker of great interest.


AGM 2016 and Donor’s day

In April we had a very successful donor’s day, where everyone got a guided tour of the fish passes installed over the last decade. This included presentations afterwards in the village hall at Frampton on the River Frome.

In the evening we held our annual AGM and had a great presentation from our guest speaker Bruce Stockley from the Westcountry Rivers Trust. The chairman’s report highlighted the great steps in achieving the completion of the fish passes and also the continued research in counting salmon at East Stoke, salmon redds and catch records from the netsman. Rodger Furness illustrated South West Rivers Association’s hard efforts in negotiating netting arrangements.


North Fish Pass

At the end Charles Dutton stood down to be vice-chairman, Richard Slocock retired from vice-chairman and Dominic Stubbing took the role as chairman.


Our views have been expressed by letter to the Purbeck Plan with special reference to the proposed plan for homes in Wool.

Win Win Project

The project on the River Win has now started. The main aim is to get everyone with interests in the health of the catchment to work together. This has met with some slight changes to tillage practice to try and reduces sediment run-off. Monitoring is a key objective and £10k is being sought by the project group to do this. A start has been made with the training of some locals in river fly monitoring skills.

Monitoring Fly Life

Monitoring Fly Life

Poole Harbour Catchment Committee

Our presence on the Poole Harbour Catchment Committee is being developed. They have been behind a push to encourage farmers towards best practice, especially where maize growing is concerned.

Cover Crops

Cover Crops

A project guided by the group is now looking to train parish based flood warden volunteers with skills to identify sediment erosion problems.

Sediment Erosion

Sediment Erosion

The National Trust our now looking to lead the way in conservation measures built into farm practice.

Dorset County Council are looking at using ‘wetting up’ flood prevention at the top of the Piddle to prevent a local flood risk.


News Letter 2016

Please find attached Newsletter for January 2016.

Newsletter January 2016 – Part 1

Newsletter January 2016 – Part 2

10 Hatches, Dorchester

Fungas Infected salmon

You may be aware that we have seen a number of incidences of heavy fungal infections on salmon, sea trout and brown across a range of different rivers over the last few months. These have been particularly severe in the South West and have led to mortalities of fish in some cases. The attached picture gives you an idea of the type of fungal infection we are seeing.

Nationally we are establishing a picture of the extent of these outbreaks and I wanted to check with you that we have not seen any similarly infected fish on the Frome and Piddle? From the information that I have we haven’t seen any fungal infections as severe or widespread as those seen on other rivers.

A quick response one way or another would be appreciate as the information is needed by National colleagues and the end of next week.

Kind regards
Andy Martin
Fisheries Technical Specialist
Wessex (Blandford)
01258 483324

Environment Agency
Rivers House
Sunrise Business Park
Blandford Forum
DT11 8ST