Birkwood Farm, Altofts, WF6 2JE ~ 07958 451 797dick@birkwoodfisheries.co.uk

Covid - 19

Angling Trust has now confirmed  fishing is allowed but no matches. (See News Item)

Please have correct payment and maintain social distancing.

LATEST UPDATE 7th JAN:

Further to my last post of opening tomorrow. Lakes are currently frozen over and more freezing conditions tonight so I am not sure if the lakes will be fishable. Friday night forecast to be even colder.

WINTER OPENING TIMES. OPEN 7 AM CLOSE 6 PM 

WE HAVE HAD SEVERAL ENQUIRIES ASKING IF WE HAVE NIGHT FISHING  ON THE LAKES AT BIRKWOOD.  SORRY, BUT ONLY DAY FISHING. 

News & Updates

The Angling Trust have informed us that the Government have allowed fishing lakes to re open but no matches to be held.
Birkwood Fisheries will open again tomorrow Friday 8th Jan)) following advice from Angling Trust and the Government.
We have copied and pasted the message below so everyone can see we are allowed to open (but not for matches)
“Good morning everyone
The Government have now formally responded to the representations made by the Angling Trust. We have promoted the huge benefits of fishing on individual health and wellbeing and have been able to present a case to which the Government have listened. On this basis I am pleased to announce that fishing will be permitted during the third national lockdown in England.
The Head of Sports Participation at DCMS confirmed the following;
“fishing is allowed as exercise so long as participants adhere to the rules on staying local, gathering limits, social distancing and limiting the time spent outdoors”
This has also been confirmed by DEFRA;
“Cabinet Office have now officially confirmed that angling / fishing (incl. sea fishing off private boats, water sports) can be considered exercise and are hence permitted.”
We have worked extremely hard to reach this position and we as anglers have a duty to abide by the strict conditions under which fishing is once again permitted. With infection rates and death tolls rising we must stick to the Government’s rules and ensure that angling remains part of the solution and does not cause problems.
Please bear in mind these key points which will be reflected in the new Angling Trust guidelines which we will publish shortly:
- This is a strictly limited resumption of LOCAL fishing and very different to how we have been allowed to operate since May
- We are in a National Lockdown and this must be respected. The law requires a ‘reasonable excuse’ to leave your home or penalties will apply.
- The government has recognised that fishing can be seen as exercise, which is expressly permitted under the lockdown rules, although outdoor recreation is not.
- Organised sporting gatherings are prohibited so no match fishing.
- The exercise is limited to once a day so no overnight fishing whatsoever.
- To remain within the law you should follow the government’s guidance, and only fish locally within the district where you live. If you have no local fishing available then you will have to take your daily exercise in other ways.
We are once again able to enjoy the sport we love at a time when many others can not and we must ensure that every angler adheres to the rules.
I would ask all anglers who are not members to join the Angling Trust and give us your support. We have worked tirelessly to achieve this outcome and that is only possible thanks to the support of our new and existing members. I would ask all anglers who value their ability to go fishing to make the same commitment as your fellow anglers have and join the Angling Trust. We are stronger together!
Membership - Angling Trust https://anglingtrust.net/membership/
Stay safe and very best fishes
Jamie Cook
CEO – Angling Trust”

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