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Batchworth Lake, in Rickmansworth Aquadrome, to invest in 'safe refuge' for younger fish
A popular angling lake near Rickmansworth is set to be transformed thanks to the Environment Agency’s fisheries team.
The lake has, however, been identified as having the potential to support a much larger variety of fish and attract a wider range of anglers.
Working in partnership, the Environment Agency, Three Rivers Council and Uxbridge Rovers Angling Club are funding and implementing a range of modifications to the planting in and around the lake.
The Environment Agency is investing £10,000 of rod licence income in the project, and this sum is being matched by Three Rivers Council.
Rob Pearson, a fisheries officer for the Environment Agency, said: "Batchworth Lake is a great fishing facility for the community but it will be even better thanks to our habitat enhancement work. Our project will mean that smaller fish will have a home in the lake which will attract our younger and pleasure anglers."
Currently there is a significant lack of suitable habitat for species such as roach, rudd, bream and perch in Batchworth lake. To help them prosper, the project team have planted floating islands to create refuge areas.
Keith Williams, Three Rivers' cabinet member for leisure and community, said: "The Council wants to improve the habitat to encourage young fish by providing a safe refuge for them to hide away from predators. These young fish will in time provide fishing opportunities for younger and less experienced anglers, who may not yet feel confident enough to fish for the huge carp that exist in the lake currently."
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