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Westcountry Angling Passport beatRiver Avon Project (Phase 1)
In 2010 the association will offer visiting anglers the opportunty to fish for brown trout on the Rake beat which runs between Pembertons' Pool and Hatch Bridge (point A and B on map).

Tickets will be made available through the Westcountry Angling Passport scheme.

Earlier this year the committee applied for external funding to support this initiative.

On 12th March 2010 the South Devon Coastal Local Action Group Enablement Fund (SDCLAG EF) awarded the Avon Fishing Association £3,115 to support the River Avon Project (Phase 1). The association will contribute an additional £750 and at least 40 hours of voluntary labour (2 days with 5 people for 4 hours) to the project.

The project will involve:
  • Installing posts and rails to improve access to the river in the field below Pembertons' Pool (points F on  map)
  • Replacing derelict fence, installing a stile and repairing bank erosion at Bramble Pool (point C to E on map)
  • Coppicing overhanging trees between Hatch Bridge and Pembertons' Pool (especially between point D and G) 

This page presents a brief record of progress.

25th March - Five AFA volunteers worked with Toby Russell (Westcountry Rivers Trust) and Martin Harmer (Coastal and Rural Services) to clear overhanging vegetation and install three post and rail access points (at location points F on map):
Before installation ... ... after installation
before post and rail#1 after post and rail#1
before post and rail# after post and rail#2
before post and rail#3 after post and rail#1

29th April: In light drizzle three AFA volunteers worked with Martin Harmer and Thomas (Coastal and Rural Services) to clear overhanging vegetation between Hatch Bridge and Pembertons' Pool (points A and B on map)
Clearing access point on right bank at Hatch Bridge
access at Hatch Bridge
Trimming overhanging branches above Hatch Bridge
Trimming overhanging branches above Hatch Bridge
Overhanging branches left over lie at Swing Pool above Hatch Bridge
Overhanging branches left over lie at Swing Pool above Hatch Bridge
Overhanging branches removed on the run into Swing Pool above Hatch Bridge
Overhanging branches removed on the run into Swing Pool above Hatch Bridge
Clearing overhanging branches below the cattle crossing in Hatch meadow
Clearing overhanging branches below the cattle crossing in Hatch meadow
Position of planned stile in the tunnel above Bramble Pool
Position of stile in the tunnel above Bramble Pool
Overhead obstructions removed from site of planned stile in the tunnel above Bramble Pool
Overhead obstructions removed from site of proposed stile in the tunnel above Bramble Pool
Anglers using stile gain access to a solid beach
Anglers using stile gain access to a solid beach
Clearing overhanging branches around stile and on downstream run
Clearing overhanging branches around stile and on downstream run
Overhanging vegetation at the bottom of the tunnel above Bramble Pool cleared
Overhanging vegetation at the bottom of tunnel above Bramble Pool cleared
Looking upstream above the Flats - removing overhanging branches
Looking upstream above the Flats - removing overhanging branches

Looking downstream from above the Flats - after overhanging branches on left hand side removed
Looking downstream from above the Flats - overhanging branches on left hand side


Suggested position for additional stile on the right bank to facilitate angler access to the head of Bramble Pool
Existing entrance point to head of Bramble Pool on right bank
Entrance to head of Bramble Pool on right bank
Damage to existing fence caused by angler access?
Damage to existing fence caused by angler access?
Overgrown entrance path through brambles at head of Bramble Pool

Overgrown entrance through brambles at head of Bramble Pool
Overgrown entrance through brambles at head of Bramble Pool

8th June: Installation of stile on right bank at head of Bramble Pool
Bramble Pool stile before Bramble Pool stile path cleared
Existing access point on right bank at head of Bramble Pool Access to river cleared
Bramble Pool exit path from river Bramble Pool stile in place
Access from river cleared Stile in place

8th June: Installation of stile on right bank upstream of Bramble Pool
Position of stile above Bramble Pool Stile upstream of Bramble Pool
Existing access point on right bank upstream of Bramble Pool Stile in place and access to river cleared

6th, 9th and 10th September

Task: Repair eroded bank and replace wire fence on left bank of Bramble Pool
Reinstatement of eroded bank and replacement of wire fence on left bank of Bramble Pool Repair of eroded bank and replacement of wire fence on left bank of Bramble Pool
Views of erosion looking across river from right bank
wire at Bramble pool wire at Bramble pool
The extent of the erosion on the left bank is shown by the position of the wire hanging above the river
wire at Bramble pool wire at Bramble pool
Wire running along the field edge was removed
A tree trunk is used to form a revetment between the river and eroded bank
Brash is packed between the bank and the front edge of the revetment
A wooden support post being driven into the bank to hold ....
... a wire cable attached to the front of the revetment runs along a trench to the post 
Metal post being driven into the river bed to secure front of revetment
Brash used to fill void between front of revetment and eroded bank
Alder
Alders extracted from ditch running along field boundary and ...
... replanted on edge of revetment
soil placed along bankside edge of revetment and ...
... compacted
Job done! view from left bank
Job done! view from right bank
14th September: Reinstate barbed-wire fence and install stile at existing left-bank entrance point just upstream of Bramble Pool
Provide stile at existing right-bank entrance point to Bramble Pool Provide stile at existing right-bank entrance point to Bramble Pool
Existing left-bank entrance point over derelict fence just upstream of Bramble Pool
Fence posts on left bank at Bramble pool
Stile on left bank above Bramble pool
Revetment survived autumn spates

2011 Update
September 2011 Bramble Pool view from right bank

The River Avon Project (Phase 1) is funded by the South Devon Coastal Local Action Group, incorporating funding from the EU, Defra, SWRDA and LEADER