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Gordon Mackie

The WFA is sad to announce the death of Gordon Mackie, author and long term member of both the Wilton and Salisbury & District Angling Clubs.
His funeral will be held at the West Wilts Crematorium Semington on Thursday 30th June at 1;45pm.

The Committee of the WFA send condolences to the Mackie family.

Martin Browne

By |2022-06-21T06:47:13+00:00June 21st, 2022|News|Comments Off on Gordon Mackie

WFA AGM 2022

Wiltshire Fisheries Association – Annual General Meeting.

The 2022 AGM of the WFA will be held via zoom on Friday the 18th of March 2022 at 10:30 am

To attend this virtual meeting please email the Honorary Secretary  wfa.honsec@gmail.com for meeting Link,  ID and Passcode

By |2022-03-08T16:30:41+00:00March 8th, 2022|News|Comments Off on WFA AGM 2022

Weed Cutting Dates 2022

Wiltshire Fishery Association Weed Cutting Dates 2022

Read below or download HERE

River Wylye – Bathampton to Chilhampton No
Free weed cutting period – Thurs 14th to Wed 27th April 3
Fri 13th – Mon 23rd May Tues 24th & Wed 25th May 13
Tues 28th June – Wed 13th July Thurs 14th & Fri 15th July 18
Tues 16th – Tues 23rd Aug Wed 24th & Thurs 25th Aug 10
River Wylye – Below Chilhampton
Free weed cutting period – Thurs 14th to Wed 27th April 3
Mon 16th – Thurs 26th May Fri 27th & Sat 28th May 13
     Thurs 30 Jun – Fri 15th July Sat 16th & Sun 17th July 18
Thurs 18th – Thurs 25th Aug Fri 26th & Sat 27th Aug 10
River Nadder
Free weed cutting period – Thurs 14th to Wed 27th April 3
Fri 13th – Mon 23rd May Tues 24th & Wed 25th May 13
Tues 28th June – Wed 13th July Thurs 14th & Fri 15th July 18
Tues 16th – Tues 23rd Aug Wed 24th & Thurs 25th Aug 10
River Avon – Above Crossing ‘C’
Sat 23rd April to Sat 7th May Sun 8th & Mon 9th May 17
Sun 12th to Fri 24th June Sat 25th & Sun 26th June 15
Sun 24th July to Tues 2nd Aug Wed 3rd & Thurs 4th August 12
River Avon – Below Crossing ‘C’
Wed 27th Apr to Wed 11th May Thurs 12th & Fri 13th May 17
 Thurs 16th to Tues 28th June Wed 29th & Thurs 30th Jun 15
Tues 26th July to Thurs 4th August Fri 5th & Sat 6th August 12

*Free Weed Cut – River Wylye & Nadder


Allows for a Maximum 3-days light cutting (by hand only) from 14th to 27th April, which includes clearing down. You MUST inform your downstream neighbour before cutting and when you have finished clearing down. Clubs should try to remove cut weed where possible only allowing the minimum amount to travel downstream. Representatives from EA, NE & WFA will continue to monitor weed cutting.

*EA weed booms will not be deployed during the period of the Free weed cut.

*Areas where there are salmon and trout redds and a potential for juvenile fry emergence, especially after a cold winter/early spring, should be left uncut.


Under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010 – ‘Exempt Water Discharge Activity’ – The Environment Agency allows members of the Wiltshire Fishery Association to cut weed on the agreed dates and in accordance with the conditions of the exemption.

This programme of dates is now agreed for 2022 and there is no intention to amend it, unless circumstances arise when this is necessary. In that event, the changes will be posted on the this site under “NEWS” and circulated to River Email Groups. Before you cut weed, it is your responsibility to check both the website and your email group.

  1. With the exception of the *Free Weed Cut in April on the Wylye and Nadder (see separate notes above), cutting MUST start at the beginning of the dates allowed.
  2. You MUST inform your downstream neighbour before cutting and when you have finished clearing down and of any subsequent problems.
  3.  Regular communication with your upstream and downstream neighbours is essential to ensure trouble-free weed cutting and clearing down.
  4. Cutting of weed outside of the authorised dates, without the Agency’s consent, constitutes an offence under Section 90 of the Water Resources Act 1991.
  5. Unauthorised cutting should be reported immediately to the Environment Agency using their Pollution Hotline Tel: 0800 80 70 60 – Note the exact location (grid reference), date & time & take photographs. Do not enter neighbouring property unless you have permission to do so.
  6. Weed cutting should be undertaken in a manner that is sensitive to the needs of the river habitat. Overzealous cutting of in-river weed or marginal vegetation can significantly reduce water levels, which can have a negative impact on invertebrates, fish and other wildlife.
  7. In all cases the final two days, as shown separately in the table above, MUST be regarded as ‘clearing down’ days and any weed not cut before these days, left uncut. In some circumstances, especially in low water periods, you may need to extend the period of clearing down beyond two days, to ensure there’s plenty of time for cut weed to move through the system.
  8. Report all blockages and any other weed related issues immediately to the WFA Hon Sec:

For WFA membership and other enquires contact: Martin Browne – Honorary Secretary

Mobile:  07768354788          email:  Please use sire contact form.


By |2021-12-09T10:08:51+00:00November 17th, 2021|Weed Cutting|0 Comments

Beaver Consultation – WFA Response

On 25th August 2021 the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) launched a public consultation seeking views on its proposed approach to beaver reintroduction and management in England. The consultation is still active but closes shortly on November 17th.  Having been involved in this subject to date and having particular concerns within the chalkstream environment the WFA committee has discussed, drafted and submitted the following response.

Beaver Consultation – Wiltshire Fishery Association (WFA) Response

Click HERE to Read.

By |2021-11-16T19:49:26+00:00November 15th, 2021|News|0 Comments


Angling Trust, Salmon and Trout Association and Wessex Chalk Streams and Rivers Trust are holding a Southwest Region Freshwater Forum on Saturday, 30th November , 10.00am at the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, Fordingbridge.  The theme is “What’s happening on your rivers and lakes. How to achieve better fish stocks in Wessex”.

For more information and Booking Details please visit the members’ forum.


Angling Trust News: The AT has expressed concerns ove rthe proposals to use controversial “Fracking” to extract natural gas.  There is a potential threat of pollution for watercourse.

A downloadable catch and release guide for Salmon anglers has been produced.

See the website for more detail.  www.anglingtrust.net

By |2014-04-04T13:12:44+00:00April 3rd, 2014|News|Comments Off on OCTOBER 2013



12th September, 6.30pm.  Angling Trust Forum in the Town Hall, Chippenham.  With presentations from Charles Jardine, Martin Salter and Dr Mark Everard.

To attend email john.cheyne@anglingtrust.net

6th September.  The Angling Trust has just announced the appointment of a new Chairman.  He is George Stephenson, a man with long experience covering a range of fishing worldwide and he lives in Wiltshire.  See the website for more detail.  www.anglingtrust.net

1st September.  The Angling Trust has welcomed the announcement by Richard Benyon, Environment Minister, that plans are being drawn up to ban the Pesticide Chlorpyrifos from domestic sale, in the wake of the pollution incident in the River Kennet last month.

By |2014-04-04T13:13:08+00:00April 3rd, 2014|News|Comments Off on SEPTEMBER



Angling Trust South West Forum Heads For Chippenham!

The next Angling Trust South West Freshwater Forum will be held on:

September 12th 2013


Chippenham Town Hall
High Street,
SN15 3ER

Tea and Coffee will be served at 6.30pm

The meeting will begin at 7.00pm

The Agenda will include:

  • Martin Salter talking about the Angling Trust campaigns, Angling Politics and his life in fishing.
  • Cormorant Campaign Update
  • Environment Agency Update
  • Other Special Guests!

This event is open to all and is a great opportunity to hear about the latest fisheries news in your area and get the chance to ask questions to Environment Agency and Angling Trust staff


More details on the Angling Trust website www.anglingtrust.net

By |2014-04-04T13:13:28+00:00April 3rd, 2014|News|Comments Off on AUGUST 2013
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