BUG are delighted to be supporting Wessex Water in the development of a fisheries management plan for four of the Blashford Lakes in Hampshire; Ivy, Blashford, Ellingham Lake and Elligham Pound.
The Blashford Lakes have been developed from a group of gravel pits and are now considered an important habitat for a variety of bird species. Managed by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, the area is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), included in the Avon Valley Special Protection Area and is of particular importance for wintering gadwall Anas strepera.
The lakes are all currently in Favourable condition, with the macrophyte community in the lakes largely supporting the bird features. To meet the requirements of the National Environment Programme, Wessex Water are required to develop a lake management plan, with a view to ensuring that the lakes remain macrophyte dominated.
BUG will be supporting Wessex Water by conducting fish surveys to ascertain the fish species composition and abundance in each lake, and providing advice aimed at developing appropriate fisheries management plans to support Favourable condition of the SSSI.