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The Cock & MagpieSevern Rivers Trust - Preserving and Caring for the Severn Catchment
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The camera is located on the Cock and Magpie by kind permission of proprietors. Bewdley Bridge is a three-span masonry arch bridge over the River Severn. There has been a bridge at this location since 1447, each being destroyed and replaced. Severe flooding in 1795 destroyed the previous bridge. That bridge comprised five pointed stone arches. One of the arches had also been damaged by the Royalists in 1644 and rebuilt in timber. The River Severn is the longest river in Great Britain, at about 220 miles It rises at an altitude of 2,001 ft on Plynlimon near Llanidloes, Powys, in the Cambrian Mountains of mid Wales. It then flows through Shropshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire, with the county towns of Shrewsbury, Worcester, and Gloucester on its banks. With an average discharge of 107 m³/s at Apperley, Gloucestershire, the Severn is the greatest river in terms of water flow in England and Wales.

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The Cock & Magpie

The Cock & Magpie

1 Severnside North, Bewdley, Worcestershire , DY12 2EE

The Cock and Magpie has been a Bewdley public house since the 18th Century. Situated on the old working quay next tto the River Severn, we are a Banks's pub with a reputation for a friendly atmosphere, attentive staff and great entertainment.

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South Wales and Severn Waterways

South Wales and Severn Waterways

Canal & River Trust. The Dock Office, Commercial Road, Gloucester, GL1 2EB

The Canal & River Trust’s historic canals and rivers provide a local haven for people and nature. We’re the new charity entrusted with the care of 2,000 miles of waterways in England and Wales.

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The Severn Rivers Trust

The Severn Rivers Trust

4 Dunthrop Road, Heythrop, Chipping Norton, OX7 5TL

An independent environmental charity established to secure the preservation, protection, development and improvement of the rivers, streams, watercourses and water bodies in the Severn catchment.

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Pomodoro Italian and Mediterranean Restaurant

Pomodoro Italian and Mediterranean Restaurant

High Street, Bewdley, Worcestershire, DY12 2DJ

Situated in a historic building in Bewdley High Street. Our blend of traditional and modern gives Pomodoro a unique atmosphere which we know you will enjoy. With a menu designed for those who like their meals freshly prepared, full of flavour and fun!

Website | Email | 01299 409036

English Holiday Cruises

English Holiday Cruises

Oliver Cromwell, West Quay, The Docks, Gloucester, GL1 2LG

We are proud to support this webcam installation. Join us for an all-inclusive river cruise holiday out of Gloucester into the stunning Cotswolds Severn Vale. It’s a glorious way to relax.

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Local Reports

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End of a difficult season..

added: 16th Mar 2014

Well that's it for another season.

Friday saw the final day on the rivers. The Severn seemed to have come into it's own the last few weeks with some very good barbel and chub.

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river in my opinion.

There are certainly less barbel in the system than in years gone by, but the average size is increasing.

I now go out with confidence of catching decent sized fish.

I'm catching more double figure barbel than ever before, and this is mainly from the middle reaches, but friends on the upper river are also reporting bigger fish.

The lower seems a different kettle of fish (excuse the pun), with the odd big fish, but not a great deal else.

I'm sure it's just a blip due to the floods and things will settle down.

The up side of a few less barbel is the chub and roach fishing seems to be returning.

We're now getting some proper dog chub off the severn, with fish of 6lb+ quite common.

The perch fishing is also superb on the Severn, again fish of 3 and 4lb are been caught.

Something I never thought we'd see on my local rivers.

Personally it will save me having to travel down to the Gt Ouse for fish of that size...

So all in all things look quite rosy for us Severn anglers, with a bit of luck and some decent weather we might well see the Severn returning to a superb all round river.

So until next season, tight lines and wet nets...

Steve Williams

KFAC Secretary

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Usan Coastal Nets

added: 2nd Mar 2014

Mixed Stocks Fisheries. The Lairds of our Coast and wild salmon. Breath-taking arrogance, unsustainable, out-of-date, and cause for international censure.

After years of abuse of the netting...

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slap periods, Usan Fisheries have at last been brought to account. To anyone concerned about the state of salmon and sea trout stocks on the east coast of Scotland, they will feel that this legal action is long overdue.

Sailing close to the wind. Did Usan jibe?

It is widely recognised by everyone involved in salmon fishery management that the activities of the Usan Salmon Fishery have at times been somewhat ‘close to the wind’ in terms of the law. The weekly slap times, when nets are by law supposed to be rendered inactive by removing the leaders to the bag nets, are in place to support the conservation of salmon, grilse and sea trout. They are most certainly not regulations for a pick and choose approach by Usan Fisheries, arguably the most destructive mixed stocks fishery remaining in the UK.

The owners of the Usan Salmon Fisheries company now face 12 charges relating to alleged incidents in Angus and Fife during August and September 2013. The locations cited are at Boddin, Dysart, Ethie Haven and Scurdie Ness. If it transpires that their nets were operating in the month of September it will confirm the extraordinary arrogance – some might say the behaviour of people who seem to regard the Scottish coast as their fiefdom, and all salmon as their property – of a fishery which surely is now an anachronism, putting Scotland’s inept management of its wild salmon into international pariah status. The fact is that September is outwith the netting season. Transgression of statutory season closures is surely tantamount to poaching?

Of the twelve charges, five are related to netting salmon every weeekend in August from 1800 on Fridays to 0600 on Mondays, all outwith the statutory weekly close time for net fisheries.

All this may seem petty and somewhat arcane to anyone unfamiliar with the operations of Usan Salmon Fisheries. This company, which has long received political and moral support from government and funding from the EU, takes salmon in unknown numbers from most, if not all, east coast salmon rivers. No-one knows which populations of fish are being exploited, some of which may be in a fragile condition (as is the case with the government’s own assessment of South Esk spring salmon). The activities of Usan Salmon Fisheries make it impossible for fishery managers on all affected rivers to assess the condition of their salmon stocks.

The existence of that mixed stocks net fishery is simply bad fishery management, and it is time to take full control of their exploitation. If it is found that they have been flouting the law, notwithstanding health and safety considerations, it will become absolutely clear that they cannot be trusted to manage their operations within the law. Appropriate measures to curb their activities, on conservation grounds alone, must surely follow?

And I haven’t even touched on the immense damage being done by one small family business to the rural economy and communities from Fife to Inverness!


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Back in business....

added: 22nd Feb 2014

Well it looks like we are almost back in business,with the level on the upper and middle Severn dropping.

The lower is still very high, so we might have to wait a while longer yet to get down to Stourport/Worcester...

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and below, but at least the river around Bridgnorth is now back in its banks and the temp is staying at a reasonable level.

Barbel will be the main target for most.

They should still be feeding, so it's really a case of getting out there and trying to find a few.

It won't be easy fishing tho..

The banks will be difficult, with lots of silt deposited on the banks, meaning they will be very slippy.

Snags will also have moved as well, so it will be a bit of a learning curve, but at the end of the day, I guess that's why we do it.

Tight lines,

Steve williams

Kfac secretary

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added: 16th Feb 2014

Well it's been a few weeks since my last report, simply because the Severn has been floodedover her banks and in the surrounding fields.

In fact, although the level finally seems to be dropping, the meadows...

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are still flooded, making access almost impossible.

Hopefully in the coming weeks the rain will ease and we may see some river fishing before the seasons end in mid March.

So sadly no reports.

Stay safe.

Steve williams

Kfac secretary

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More rain making fishing difficult.

added: 26th Jan 2014

With heavy showers and prolonged periods of rain over the past week and with more to come, the fishing will remain difficult.

One thing I've found is that fish feed better in stable conditions.


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changes in level, clarity and temperature all add up to less than ideal conditions.

One fish that will still feed, so long as the temperature remains stable (or even rises) are Barbel.

Been mobile is the key to catching barbel in flooded water, spending 10 or 15 mins in a number of swims rather than all day in just one or two, is the key to consistent sport.

Depending on bait, you may also pick up a bonus chub or two, of which the Severn has it's fair share of decent sized specimens.

Sadly it looks like we may have these conditions for a while yet, so it's just a case of getting out there and making the best of the conditions.

Steve a Williams

KFAC Secretary

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More wet stuff...

added: 18th Jan 2014

Is there no end to the wet stuff.

Just when the rivers are returning to some kind of fishable level, we get more rain and sure as sure, the Severn will rise again.

The only saving grace is that the temperatures...

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seem to be holding for now, which means there is still a chance of a fish or two.

Barbel are still feeding, and probably offer the best chance of some sport.

The roach and chub should have acclimatised to conditions by now and should also be worth targeting.

Big smelly baits for the barbel and chub and maggots with turmeric is worth a go for the roach.

If you're after pike or perch, then try to find some reasonable depth with a slack behind a bush, or a stream mouth where the flow holds back.

These are the sort of spots that the prey fish will look for, and the pike & perch shouldn't be far behind...

Tight lines,

Steve williams

Kfac secretary

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Wet Wet Wet- and I'm not talking about the 80 band

added: 3rd Jan 2014

What can I say... the Xmas holidays were pretty much a wash out.

Rivers high and flooded, with fairly lot temperatures.

Stillwaters mostly colored up.

All in all it made for difficult fishing conditions.


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managed a couple of trips to local stillwaters after Perch and Pike.

The Perch fishing was reasonably successful with a couple of nice fish. The Pike fishing was slow, but to be fair the water was frozen over the day before.

I did manage three pike in the end, but nothing into double figures.

I haven't got onto the river for a few weeks.

I'm possibly looking at heading out on Sunday, but the reports from upstream aren't good and it will probably be next to impossible to get near to any spots worth trying.

If that's the case then it will be off to a local stillwater after Pike again.

I know I mention it every time we have flooded water, but PLEASE be careful out there if you do decide to venture out onto the river.

When the Severn is 10-15 ft above normal level, its not something to mess with.

Tight lines and Happy New Year.

Steve Williams

KFAC Secretary