Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Houghton Regis Chalk Pit Angling Club

The Marl Lake is inside the Chalk Quarry.

"Houghton Regis Chalk Pit Nature reserve is of national importance for its wildlife and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Local Wildlife Site" starts a new leaflet advertising a new Angling Club in Houghton Regis. The marl lake offers freshwater fish: Rudd, Roach, Perch, Tench and Carp.

The Chalk Pit, off Houghton Road, and Lake View, is owned by St. Francis group and managed by The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Northamptonshire. The Angling Club has been set up to combat irresponsible anglers who have damaged the environment and harmed wildlife by discarding their fishing tackle, littering, and campfires.

Annual membership of the Angling Club is £20 for adults, £10 for those aged 13-16, and free to under 16s who are supervised and who volunteer with the 'Wildlife Youth Rangers'. Day tickets are also available at £2.00. Anglers will also need a rod licence.

Bailiffs on site can offer permits, otherwise contact the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, and Northampton.

A fishing rod licence to fish for salmon, trout, freshwater fish, smelt and eel with a rod and line in England (except the River Tweed), Wales and the Border Esk region of Scotland. You can be fined up to £2,500 for fishing without a rod licence. A full licence is £27 per year, with concessions available. Rod licences are issued by the Environment Agency, obtainable from https://www.gov.uk/fishing-licences/when-you-need-a-licence
or from the Post office http://www.postoffice.co.uk/rod-fishing-licence-faqs

To join The Angling Club, or for more information, contact the Wildlife Trust office by email toddington@wildlifebcn.org or call  01525 874317.