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Feb 17, 2020
Category: Pollution
Posted by: Kathryn
On the 16th February, Thames Water's Chesham Sewage Treatment Works released storm sewage into the river.
Jan 15, 2020
Category: Pollution
Posted by: Kathryn

On 15th January, Thames Water's Chesham Sewage Treatment Works released storm sewage into the river.

Dec 15, 2019
Category: Wildlife
Posted by: Kathryn

Apex predators and fish populations can co-exist in a healthy ecosystem. There is advice and help available for any fishery owners concerned about the presence of otters on the Chess.

Dec 15, 2019
Category: Wildlife
Posted by: Kathryn

Otters are present on the Chess; part of the positive story of the recovery of this protected species from the brink of extinction.

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Otters and Fisheries

Dec 15, 2019

Category: Wildlife
Posted by: Kathryn

Otter numbers have been recovering across the country since almost becoming extinct in the 1970s and have been increasing their range in the Colne catchment over the past decade. The presence of otters along the River Chess is very exciting and demonstrates the remarkable recovery of this once critically endangered species.

We appreciate that the presence of otters may be of concern to fishery owners. We agree with the Angling Trust’s Predator Action Group’s over-arching strategy to create and maintain healthy aquatic environments where balanced populations of fish and otters can co-exist in a sustainable manner. The Angling Trust have Fisheries Management Advisors who can provide advice on appropriate management techniques such as otter fencing and funding support through the Angling Improvement Fund. We would recommend that fisheries approach the Angling Trust for advice.

It is important to remind anyone fishing the river or adjacent stillwaters that they need to do so responsibly, and take all discarded fishing line and litter away with them for appropriate disposal. Trapping, injuring or killing an otter - whether deliberately or through carelessness - is a serious offence under both The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations (2010) and the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981.

Here are the most up to date guidelines for otters and stillwater fisheries (PDF, 935 KB). The document also shows otter field signs in comparison with those of mink. We would be keen to know if you have seen any evidence of otters or mink on the river; please do get in touch.

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